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Benjamin Rice

Student, Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana
Representing: Student Perspective

As the Student Government Association president, Benjamin Rice serves as the chief liaison between the students and faculty of Louisiana Tech University. Rice also serves as the student board member for the University of Louisiana System, where he takes part in discussions regarding affordability and the future of higher education and works to help create policies to move the system forward.

How did you first get interested in or involved in higher education issues?

"As a student in the state of Louisiana, funding, financial aid, and the very future of higher education always seem to be in a precarious position. I joined student government to take part in the conversations on our campus and in Baton Rouge that would alter the future of higher education in the state."  

Why did you apply to be a part of the Forward50? What drew you to this opportunity?

"I want to do my part to make sure that other students around the country feel more secure financially when it comes to college. Higher education prepares students for the workforce and to be global citizens, so I want to do my part to not just redress problems as they arise, but to identify issues and create solutions to make sure that our nation's colleges and universities are able to continue to prepare our students. As a student, I have unique insight on some of the problems that colleges may face, and so I felt as though Forward50 would be the perfect avenue through which I could work to improve higher education."

Membership(s) held with other professional associations:

  • National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC)