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SMSU Student Victor Ayemobuwa on Board of Trustees; 'The Sky's Our Only Limit'

Published Friday, September 10, 2021
Victor Ayemobuwa
Victor Ayemobuwa

Southwest Minnesota State University student Victor Ayemobuwa from Marshall has been appointed to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors as a state university student member.

His two-year-term began on Sept. 1 and expires June 30, 2023.

Ayemobuwa received his Computer Science undergraduate degree from SMSU in 2021 and is in his first year as an MBA student at the university.

Ayemobuwa applied to the Board of Trustees because “we’ve gone through, and are still going through, a tough and turbulent time as students, with the pandemic being the most recent. I’ve been walking this advocacy path for six years now, and this position provides an even greater pathway to make much-needed changes, and though we might not see all the changes we’d like right away, I believe each tomorrow will find us further than today.”

He will have some training at the Trustees’ annual retreat in Austin, Minn. On Sept. 21-22.

Being a student member of the Board of Trustees is a prestigious appointment, a fact not lost on Ayemobuwa. “I have Governor Tim Walz, my fellow students and almighty God to thank. Having advocated for all Minnesota State Students (as a member of the state-wide Students United) for years, I don’t plan on quitting now. We’ve made significant strides, from student consultation to allocation of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funds, health care communication, Equity 2030, vaccination rollouts and as a member of the Minnesota State Law Enforcement Task Force, to name a few. The sky’s our only limit.”

Ayemobuwa has been an active student during his career at SMSU. “It all started with student government. As the saying goes, ‘Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang.’”

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the governor. The board has policy responsibility for system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations.