Minnesota State Board of Trustee Meeting: 01/2017

The January Board of Trustees meeting was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  This blog will bring you through a few highlights from the meeting.

Not sure who Minnesota State is, or how the decisions they make can affect students? 

No worries, skim through this blog written by our Director of System and Government Relations, Sarah Berns. The blog touches on the basics of what you need to know about the system. 

Welcoming new a Trustee, Roger Moe

Trustee Moe has a long history in Minnesota government, serving 32 years in the state legislature. He was also the longest serving state majority leader during his tenure. Furthermore, he was an author of the legislation that created Minnesota State. He has a long history with the system as a supportive advocate. 

For more information on Trustee Moe, click here

Chancellor Search

We learned that the search for the new Chancellor is moving along. The names of the final candidates are projected to become public Monday, February 6, 2017.

The new Chancellor will officially begin on August 1, 2017. 


At every Board of Trustees meeting, the bargaining units and student organizations have the opportunity to address the board. At this meeting, we chose not to testify; however, Minnesota State University College Association (MSCSA), and two bargaining units testified. Some of the topics discussed during these testimonies were diversity and equity, colleges accreditation processes, and furthering communication between the bargaining units and student groups with the system's leadership. 

MSCSA addressed a joint letter written by both student groups. MSCSA's President Minda Nelson, with the support of students who joined her from various college campuses around the state, gave their testimony. She discussed equity and inclusion on university and college campuses and urged Minnesota State to take student concerns seriously. President Nelson did well to stress the importance students place on seeing improvements in equity and inclusion across the system. 

These are the highlights from January's Board of Trustees' meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please email our Director of System and Government Relations, Sarah Berns, at sberns@studentsunited.org.