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Student Trustee

Student Trustees

The University of New England offers an unusual opportunity for two students each year to serve as full voting members of the University's Board of Trustees, attending all regular trustee meetings.  As such, they provide a connection between all of our student populations and the Board, and have real input on this overarching governing body which guides the future of UNE.  Student Trustees not only provide student perspective to the Board, they also build connections between and within each campus through their work with all student government organizations.  Student Trustees are selected by a committee of their peers and administrators.

Learn more or to apply for this enriching leadership position.

Student Trustees 2013-14

Julie Levasseur ’16 Biddeford Campus 

Levasseur-Julie-2013-14Julie Levasseur is the 2013-2014 Student Trustee for the Biddeford Campus and a member of the Class of 2016 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from UNE in 2012 with a degree in Medical Biology. Julie was a transfer student, entering UNE as a junior in the medical biology program. She felt the pulse of UNE and wanted to continue her education here as well as give back to the UNE community. Julie became active in student government as class president in 2012-2013, and also pursued her interest in interprofessional education by participating in the first IPEC case competition. Her goals as a Student Trustee include facilitating effective communication and collaboration between the students of all colleges on the Biddeford Campus.

Nilaya Palmer ’14 Portland Campus 

Palmer-Nilaya-2013-14Nilaya Palmer is the 2013-2014 Student Trustee for the Portland Campus. She is a Maine native who left the state 10 years ago for school, work and travel, becoming clear along the way that Maine is where she aspires to work and raise her family. She pursued a career in wilderness education, having attained her BA from Evergreen State College in Washington State. Nilaya has had experience in boat building, gardening, retail management and as a Nurse Assistant, realizing then that becoming a Physician Assistant would be a perfect fit for her. She is excited to be part of the graduating class of 2014 Masters of Physician Assistant Program. Nilaya joined the Maine state Physician Assistant Board of Directors in 2012 and continues to serve as a student member. Her participation on Maine’s PA Board has enabled her to take part in the growth of her profession in the community she looks forward to joining. Nilaya feels that the University of New England offers the most comprehensive medical education in the region. Her passions and reasons for becoming a Student Trustee are in helping to ensure the continued growth and success of UNE, as well as contributing to the expansion of UNE’s community involvement.