McAsey, Reichman, and Wilkinson appointed Student Trustees


Governor Jim Pillen has appointed Olivia McAsey of Peru State; Cooper Reichman of Chadron State; and Emma Wilkinson of Wayne State to serve as student trustees on the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges. 

They will serve a one-year term (2023-2024 academic year) and represent 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 John Chaney, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Cooper Reichman – Chadron State College Student Trustee is a senior at Chadron State College, is majoring in rangeland wildlife management and minoring in community and adventure recreation. 

Cooper is the son of Jennifer Reichman of Chappell.

Olivia McAsey – Peru State College Student Trustee is a sophomore at Peru State College, is majoring in business – management and leadership. 

Olivia is the daughter of Jackie McAsey of Holton, Kansas.

Emma Wilkinson – Wayne State College Student Trustee is a sophomore at Wayne State College, is a criminal justice and political science major and minoring in English.  Emma serves on the student senate and is a Wayne State Navigator. She is a Rural Law Opportunities Program Scholar and is active in several organizations including, Wild For Life (President), Theta Phi Alpha, Greek Council, Political Science Club (Treasurer). Wilkinson stated in her application that the “student trustee is uniquely positioned to serve as a conduit between the Board and the students they serve. I will cherish the opportunity to provide the Wayne State College student perspective.” 

Emma is the daughter of Michael and Teresa Wilkinson of Battle Creek,.


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.