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Colby Freel joins president's office

Colby Freel

Student Assistant
President's Suite

Started August 14, 2017

Colby Freel is a new student assistant supporting the offices of the President, Board of Regents, and Academic Affairs & Research, and providing a student's perspective on the work done by university leaders. Freel is a student member on the president’s Summit Team.

Prior to holding this position, Freel was heavily involved in student governance at UA and in leadership roles around the state of Alaska. Most recently, he served as the UAF student body president for the 2016-17 academic year and as vice president and senator before that. Outside of his collegiate career, he served on several statewide and local boards such as the Alaska Association of Student Governments Executive Board and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education. Freel currently sits as a commissioner on the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, and as chair of the UA Coalition of Student Leaders.

While born in southcentral Colorado, Freel considers himself a lifetime Alaskan after living here for the majority of his life.

He graduated in 2014 from Ben Eielson Jr./Sr. High School here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in theatre, with a concentration in design and technical theatre and minor in political science. Freel expects to graduate in May 2019 after which he anticipates attending law school.

The UAF Film and Performing Arts program has strong ties to the local theatre and community. Freel enjoys participating in local theatre productions and other performance art while serving as an ambassador of UAF to the community.

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