Student who walked 95 miles to Capitol is MnSCU trustee

One of the students who twice made a 95-mile trek from Minnesota State University – Mankato to the Capitol to boost political support for higher education has become a trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.

Brett Anderson was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to a two-year term that expires June 30, 2013. He’ll represent state university students on the board, replacing outgoing trustee Christopher Frederick, MnSCU spokeswoman Melinda Voss said. 

Anderson is pursuing a master’s degree in administration and leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, magna cum laude, from the university this spring.

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As an undergraduate, Anderson served as the vice president of the Minnesota State Student Association at Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2010-2011 academic year.

A professional member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, he was designated Undergraduate Student of the Year for the Mu Lambda Chapter in 2011. Anderson also was honored for academic and clinical excellence by both the Mankato Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato Auxiliary.

In addition, Anderson has worked extensively as a pharmacy technician and served as a consultant for the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Anderson made the trek with a group of students to the Capitol twice, both this past May and in May 2010.