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Kelliher among new MnSCU trustees

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ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is among new Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees.

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Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday named Kelliher, who he beat in the 2010 primary election for governor, and four others to the board. Trustees govern 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities.

Among those on the 15-member board are three students who serve two-year terms. The rest serve for six years.

Dayton's Tuesday appointees are:

-- Kelliher, an at-large trustee, was a state representative from 1999 to 2011 and is now president of the Minnesota High Tech Association.

-- Dawn Erlandson, an at-large trustee, works on public affairs and marketing communications efforts for national, state and local clients.

-- Ann Anaya, representing the 2nd Congressional District, has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2002.

-- Alex Cirillo, from the 6th Congressional District, was a 3M vice president before retiring two years ago.

-- Alfredo Oliveira, representing technical college students, attends St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

-- Maria Peluso, representing community students, attends Itasca Community College and is from Taconite, Minn.

The Senate must approve Dayton's appointments, but they can serve unless senators reject them.

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