Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed six people, including two students and one returning member, to the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system.

On Thursday, Dayton announced his choices to fill six- and two-year terms on the 15-member board, which oversees seven state universities and 24 community and technical colleges.

Four were appointed to serve terms ending in 2020:

• Jay Cowles, managing director of Lawrence Creek, a private investment firm. He has served on numerous civic groups, including the St. Paul Foundation and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

• Robert Hoffman, retired vice president of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

• Louise Sundin, executive vice president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, was reappointed for a second six-year year term. She has served since 2008.

• Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation, who has had a career in education.

The two student members, who were appointed for two-year terms, are:

• Kelly Carpentier-Berg, of Coon Rapids, a psychology student at Anoka Technical College and Metro State University.

• Maleah Otterson, of Chanhassen, a student at Normandale Community College.

Maura Lerner