CSU Stanislaus student Dan Cartwright, who served as 1999-2000 Associated Students President, has been appointed by Governor Gray Davis to one of two student spots on the California State University Board of Trustees.
Cartwright, who recently turned over the student presidency to newly elected Patricia Alvarez-Palma during a May 11 ceremony, said he is honored that Governor Gray Davis selected him from a field of four finalists for the two-year appointment. The student leader stepped in as AS President last fall after the elected incumbent resigned.
Cartwright, 24, now a resident of Turlock and a graduate of Alhambra High School in Martinez, is a senior with a double major in social science and criminal justice. He was named CSU Stanislaus Student Leader of the Year and feels a strong commitment to coming up with solutions has gained him support.
The first student from CSU Stanislaus to ever be appointed to the post, he has served as vice president and student director with the Student Union during his tenure at the University. A member of the Association of College Unions International, and the Student Leadership Program at CSU Stanislaus, Cartwright has distinguished himself as a student leader, according to Dr. Marvalene Hughes, CSU Stanislaus President.
"I am very pleased to hear that Dan has the Governor's vote of confidence as student trustee," President Hughes said. "I gave my full support to his pursuit of the position, and I am confident that the California State University system will benefit from the leadership and insight he brings. I have worked with many student body presidents during my career in higher education, and I would rank Dan Cartwright among the best because of his values, personal attributes, skills and dedication to serve. He has been involved in leadership throughout his college career, so he is eminently prepared for this next step. He will do an outstanding job for the students and the State."
Cartwright said he will focus on students' interpretation of their needs at CSU campuses during sessions with CSU Trustees in Long Beach. Known for his strong interpersonal skills and outgoing personality, the outgoing student leader feels his candidness and honesty are his biggest strengths.
"I hope to represent the students' needs and perspectives to the other board members and CSU leaders," Cartwright said. "It's my objective that they understand the diversity of issues important to students, and that students have a voice in the future growth of the CSU."
The California State University is administered by the Trustees of the California State University Board who meet monthly at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach.
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