Posted: March 2, 2015

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 2, 2015 – Dawn Erlandson, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

“Dawn's extensive and diverse board and professional experience adds valuable perspective to the ACCT Board,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. “We appreciate her willingness to serve as a director and look forward to continuing to benefit from her judgment and counsel."

ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Located in Washington, D.C., ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, the Departments of Education and Labor and more. Erlandson’s term on the ACCT board of directors continues through October 2015.

Erlandson was appointed to the MnSCU Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012. She is president of Aurora Strategic Advisors, Inc., where she leads public affairs and marketing communications efforts for national, state, and local clients. She has previously served as board president of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation. Erlandson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, sociology and international business from Hamline University and has completed a policy fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and the leadership development program at the University of St. Thomas’s Institute for Executive Director Leadership.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

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