Become the next Minnesota State Board of Trustee member?

Every other year the Students United Board of Directors has the opportunity to recommend to the Minnesota Governor between two and four candidates for a two-year appointment to the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. 

Why should you apply to be the next Minnesota State student Trustee?

This is a wonderful chance for a student to expand on leadership experiences, and significantly contribute to the governance of the entire Minnesota State system.

The Minnesota State Board consists of 15 members appointed by the governor and has responsibility for system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees and rules and regulations. 

What qualifications do you need? 

The current student position, held by Elise Ristau, ends in June 2017.  Student trustee applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a state university degree, diploma or certificate program at the time of appointment.

Students United is presently seeking student applicants with integrity, wisdom, independence and an inquiring mind. In addition, students should have the ability to articulate the student perspective on a wide array of student concerns, and a willingness to collaborate and think strategically about higher education issues. 

Ideal candidates should have demonstrated student leadership experience on a Minnesota state university campus, as well as be in good academic standing. If this is you, please consider submitting your application!

How do you apply? 

Students are asked to fill out this application, and then submit their resume, two letters of recommendation and transcript (official or unofficial) either by mail to the Students United office (555 Park St., Suite 420, St. Paul, MN 55103) or by email to Kalista Mangahas ( by February 3, 2017. 

The Students United Board of Directors will review all applicant at our February Delegates Conference. Top candidates will be interviewed at our April Delegates Conference  and determine which students to recommend to Governor Dayton by April 20th, 2015.

If you have questions please contact Elsbeth Howe, Students United Executive Director at 651-260-1434 or