Coast Community College District trustee

Tanner Kelly, an Orange Coast College student and Santa Ana resident, will begin his term as a trustee for the Coast Community College District at the May 15 meeting. (Courtesy Coast Community College District / May 10, 2013)

Costa Mesa's Coast Community College District has a new student representative to serve on the board of trustees, the district announced this week.

Tanner Kelly, an Orange Coast College student and Santa Ana resident, will begin his term on the dais at the May 15 board meeting.

The Bakersfield native replaces student trustee Kolby Keo, also an OCC student.

Kelly was elected to the student senate shortly after he started at OCC in fall 2011, according to a news release from the district.

Since then, he has taken on various positions in student leadership, including serving as the student government's legislative affairs officer.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my fellow students, and I am eager to join the board of trustees," Kelly said. "I look forward to working together to pursue the continued advancement of student success."

Kelly will provide advisory votes during board meetings and represent all of Coast's campuses: OCC in Costa Mesa, Coastline Community College with campuses in Westminster, Fountain Valley and Newport Beach, and Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

"We look forward to Tanner joining us on the dais," board President Lorraine Prinsky said. "The student voice is so important, and we greatly value their input."

— Jeremiah Dobruck

Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck