Hunter Stuehm has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University.
“Hunter has demonstrated outstanding student leadership and his perspective will enrich the WWU Board of Trustees,” Inslee said. “Hunter will bring the crucial student voice and perspective to the board and help communicate decisions and their impacts back to the student body. Hunter’s appointment will benefit all Vikings.”
Stuehm will serve as student trustee on Western’s Board of Trustees from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
“We are excited to welcome Hunter as the new student trustee, and know that his perspective will be extremely valuable on the board,” said Western President Sabah Randhawa. “Having graduated from Western in June, and as a doctoral student entering the audiology program this fall, Hunter is uniquely positioned to represent a multifaceted student experience. His work as an RA and service on a number of university committees also gives him a strong understanding of how the institution functions at many levels beyond the academic enterprise.”
Stuehm, from Vancouver, Washington, graduated in June with a Bachelor of Arts and majored in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in linguistics.
In his final year as an undergrad, Stuehm worked alongside Assistant Professor Douglas Sladen as a research assistant, studying speech perception abilities of adults with single-sided deafness and cochlear implants. Stuehm plans to begin Western's doctor of audiology program this fall.
Stuehm served as a resident adviser from 2017-2019, and was twice named RA of the Quarter. As an RA, Stuehm served as peer-adviser to residence hall councils and worked to connect student leaders to involvement opportunities on campus. He has received several academic awards, including scholarships from the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, the Evergreen School District PSE Union, the Western Foundation, the WWU Alumni Association, and the Audria M. Edwards Memorial Foundation.
He has also served as a member of the Campus Public Safety Advisory Council, RA Advisory Council, University Housing Representation and Advocacy Committee, and is a member of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association. He is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and is the son of Trina and Damon Stuehm.