By Margaret McKinney/Highlands University
Rebekah Peoble, the student body president at New Mexico Highlands, is now the university’s newest student regent.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made Peoble’s appointment official March 26. Peoble’s term extends to the adjournment of the next regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature in 2020.
“Students at Highlands deserve someone who’s going to give 110 percent when it comes to ensuring that their best interests are always at the center of every Board of Regents decision,” Peoble said. “My goal is to serve Highlands students to the best of my ability as a servant leader and make sure their voices are heard and represented. To me, what better way to know how to serve a population of students than to have someone who can not only sympathize but empathize with them? That’s my passion.”
Peoble, a 21-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, has earned a 4.0 GPA to date as a double major in political science and psychology. The senior is on track to graduate in December 2019.
“Ms. Peoble impresses me with her dedication to Highlands and its students,” said Highlands University President Sam Minner. “She’s a strong leader in student government and I look forward to working with her as a student regent.”
Peoble said she wants to help be a catalyst for better communication among students, staff, faculty members, and administrators at Highlands.
She said that Highlands has helped her grow as a leader and individual.
“Highlands has provided me with a plethora of opportunities to learn, grow, and encourage my appetite to be better,” Peoble said. “Being a member of the Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University senate, both as a senator and now as president, has allowed me to learn to be a better advocate, friend and leader.”
Peoble said she gained valuable insight serving on both the Highlands Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and the Highlands Campus Budget and Planning Committee.
Peoble said the university’s Career Services Office at Highlands helped her land an internship as a legislative aide with the Mora School District in Mora, New Mexico.
“This internship gave me the opportunity to help write successful legislation that was designed to bring $150,00 to rural schools in Mora,” Peoble said.
Peoble has worked as a student employee in the Highlands Office of Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for three years.
“Working in this office increased my knowledge of Highlands and also taught me the importance of a team when working toward the common goal of doing the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of students. This team loves me, supports me, and helps me be the best I can be,” Peoble said.
Looking ahead, Peoble has her sights set on a legal career.
“My goals are to attend law school and become an attorney, practicing somewhere between the marriage of constitutional and criminal law. I’m particularly interested in advocating for the U.S. constitution, which is precious. Criminal law appeals to my innate love of a challenge, and my desire to defend the fundamental right that as Americans, we are innocent until proven guilty,” Peoble said.