State Board of Higher Education

The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) governs the policies of the North Dakota University System. Those that sit on the board consist of seven citizen members appointed to four-year terms by the governor and one student appointed by the governor to serve a one-year term. The Council of College Faculties selects the board’s non-voting faculty advisor, and the NDUS Staff Senate selects the board’s non-voting staff advisor.

NDSA submits three of the most accomplished members for the governors review to appoint a student to the SBHE. North Dakota’s Student Member advocates for student interests directly to the board and is able to vote on those issues.

The 2018-2019 SBHE Student Member is Ashley Zarling.

Ashley is a student from Williston State College. She is pursuing two associate degrees currently with hopes of one day continuing her education for a degree in law.

While Ashley has lived in Williston for most of her life, her family is native to southern Idaho.

Ashley currently works at MedScan Lab Inc. where she has served many roles since March 2016. Currently she works as a medical billing clerk auditing new automated systems while the company is rapidly growing.

In her time at Williston State College, Ashley served as president of the student senate as well as head delegate representing Williston at NDSA.

Email: ashley.thornton@ndus.edu