A new student joined the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on Wednesday night to represent his fellow students throughout the district.

Kolby Keo of Orange Coast College took the oath and became student trustee for the panel that governs Coastline Community College, Golden West College and Orange Coast College.

"We value hearing from our students first-hand," Board President Lorraine Prinsky said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to working with Kolby as well as the rest of our Coast Colleges student leaders."

Keo has studied at OCC since fall 2011 and quickly became involved in student government when he was elected to the Student Senate, according to a news release from CCCD. The latest position he held was president of student government at OCC.

"I am honored to serve as the voice for my fellow students," Keo said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to representing the students at the Board of Trustee meetings and advocating for them in Sacramento."

— Jeremiah Dobruck

Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck