Third Chicoan joins CSU panel

Chico State student Jillian Ruddell among new trustees

Chico State student Jillian Ruddell will now be able to share her thoughts about higher education as a student representative of the CSU Board of Trustees.

The 21-year-old, who is working on a degree in multicultural and gender studies, with a minor in women’s studies, was appointed to the board last week, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Jerry Brown. She joins Chicoans Bob Linscheid and Glen Toney on the 25-member panel.

Ruddell has an impressive student-activism résumé. She is the youngest student to head up the Associated Students’ Women’s Center. Ruddell (pictured) co-founded the Chico State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership Conference. Since 2009, she has served as the co-president of the university’s PRIDE/Safe Zone club.

Her academic achievements are impressive, as well. Ruddell has been on the dean’s list for academic excellence since 2008. In 2010, she earned the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement.