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Governor Dayton Appointments White Earth Chairwoman to MnSCU Board of Trustees



ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of White Earth Nation Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor to fill one of six vacancies on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. 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.

The governor also appointed Kelly Carpentier-Berg - Coon Rapids, Minn., Jay Cowles  - St. Paul, Robert Hoffman - Waseca, Minn., Maleah Otterson - Chanhassen, Minn., and Louise Sundin - Minneapolis.

“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.”

Vizenor was elected Chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation in 2004 and has worked her entire career in education on the White Earth Reservation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education; a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling; and a specialist degree in Education Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a Bush Leadership Fellow, Vizenor earned a Master’s degree in Community Decision-Making and Lifelong Learning, and a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Her term expires on June 30, 2020.