Hannah Walsh, a University of Iowa student from Spirit Lake, was appointed to the Board of Regents on November 30, 2012. Regent Walsh is a senior at the University of Iowa working toward a degree in Political Science and a certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She is a first-generation Iowan and the oldest of four children.
Hannah has served in a variety of public service capacities in her young career. Prior to her appointment to the Board of Regents, she served as a Senate Page in Iowa’s Eighty-Fourth General Assembly and was selected to participate in President Sally Mason’s Leadership Class (PLC) at the University of Iowa.
Hannah has also participated in the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) which represents more than 21,000 undergraduate students at the UI. She first served as a Freshman Senator representing 4,500 first-year students and was then elected as an At-Large Senator and Co-Chair of the UISG’s Governmental Relations Committee.
Outside of the University, Hannah has spent time in the nation’s capital supporting higher education issues. This has included serving both as a Student Voice for the Department of Education and Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as a Higher Education Policy Intern for the Association of American Universities (AAU), a nonprofit organization consisting of 62 leading research universities (including ISU and the UI) in the U.S. and Canada.
In September 2013, Regent Walsh was appointed to represent the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, on two state boards: the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and the Iowa School for the Deaf Foundation.
Regent Walsh’s term on the Board of Regents expires April 30, 2015.