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Monique Menefee of Cleveland has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to serve as a student member of the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Her term began Friday and ends May 16, 2015.
KSU's board consists of 12 members, nine of whom are voting members appointed by the governor of Ohio, with the advice and consent of the state senate.
Menefee joins Alex Evans, a KSU student who is a triple major in biology/pre-med, business management and public health, as the two student trustees -- one graduate and one undergraduate -- appointed to the board for overlapping two-year terms of office.
Student trustees do not have voting power.
Menefee is pursuing a masters of education in higher education administration and student personnel and received her bachelor of science in Spanish translation with a minor in sociology from KSU earlier this year. She earned a 3.46 GPA and was named to the Dean's List.
As an undergraduate student, Menefee studied abroad in Argentina, and she took her passion to Washington, D.C., as an advocate for TRIO, a set of five federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of KSU.
By Ohio law, the board is responsible for selecting and appointing the president; setting the operating budget; approving personnel appointments; granting all degrees awarded by the university, including honorary degrees; establishing tuition and fee rates; approving contracts; and approving all rules, regulations, curriculum changes, new programs and degrees of the university.