LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed Panashe Jacha of Elkhorn to serve as a student trustee on the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees. Jacha will serve a one-year term (2021-2022 academic year) and represent Peru State College students.

“The Trustees value the insight and student perspective these young leaders bring to the Board, and it is my honor as Chair of the Board of Trustees to welcome the new Student Trustees,” said Gary Bieganski, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Panashe Jacha is a junior at Peru State College, is majoring in psychology. Panashe is a member of the student senate, a librarian’s aide, and athletic trainer’s aide.

When discussing his appointment, Panashe stated, “I want to be a student trustee because life is too short to live on the sidelines while others make decisions that affect how I and those around me live, and this opportunity will provide me with the tools to help my future Alma Mater be a place of endless opportunities for those who follow after me.”

Panashe is the son of Stanford and Karen Tanyaradwa Jacha of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

The 2020-21 Peru Student Trustee Tyler Harms will work with the new student trustee to orient him until their new term begins in June.

About NSCS and the Board of Trustees
Located in Lincoln Nebraska, and established in 1867, NSCS is the governing board for three state colleges; Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State. An established partner within the rural communities they serve, the colleges provide an engaging, personalized and rewarding college experience. NSCS is committed to providing a high-quality four-year education that is affordable and accessible to all students.

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