Posted: July 29, 2003

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named a new trustee for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

News release from the Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty

GOVERNOR PAWLENTY APPOINTS TYLER DESPINS TO THE MnSCU BOARD OF TRUSTEES. Saint Paul - Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Tyler Despins as a Student Member of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System.

Despins, of Winona, is a student at Winona State University pursuing a bachelor's degree. He also attended Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) from 1999-2001. He has served as State Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the Minnesota State University Student Association. He also served as both President and Vice President of the Student Senate at RCTC. Despins is appointed to the position for a State University student. He will serve a two-year term ending June 30, 2005. He replaces Michael Redlinger as the State University student member of the board.

The MnSCU system is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. The Board has broad policy responsibility for system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and policies and procedures.