Normandale Student Maleah Otterson Named to MnSCU Board of Trustees

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College student Maleah Otterson was appointed as one of the student representatives for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees on Thursday, August 21. Otterson, along with five other individuals, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the existing vacancies on the board.

"This is an outstanding group of Minnesota leaders who will help guide the future of MnSCU, and ensure its students receive world-class educations," said Governor Dayton. "I expect these new members, and the entire Board, to enhance transparency and accountability in the governance and operations of the MnSCU system, and build upon progress which has been achieved."

The 15-member Board is responsible for governing MnSCU's system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations.

"I am delighted by these new board appointments," said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. "Each brings considerable experience, passion, and perspective, and I am grateful for the care the governor took in his selection.  Higher education in Minnesota-and the nation-is at an inflection point, and we are facing great challenges and great opportunities.  I look forward to working together with our new trustees on behalf of our students and the citizens of Minnesota."

This past spring Otterson was named Minnesota State College Student Association's (MSCSA) Outstanding Student Leader of the Year. Otterson currently serves as a MSCSA Action Representative on MnSCU's Campus Service Cooperation. She has also served on the Normandale Student Life Budget Committee, the Normandale Shared Governance Facilities Committee, and was the Executive Legislative Director for the Normandale Student Senate.

Otterson's appointment officially began on August 21, 2014 and will go until June 30, 2016.