Montana State University

MSU president elected to APLU board

June 16, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado was elected last year to serve a three-year term on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board of Directors. She will attend her first board meeting this week. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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This week Montana State University President Waded Cruzado will attend her first meeting as an elected member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board of Directors.

Cruzado was elected last year to serve a three-year term on the board, which is the governing and policymaking body of the association. The board consists of five executive committee members and 23 elected board members.

Cruzado said it is an honor to serve on the board and represent MSU.

“Higher education plays an important role in the development of individuals and prosperity of the nation,” Cruzado said. “It’s a privilege to serve as a member of the APLU board that works to strengthen and advance the work of public universities. This work ultimately benefits the students these universities serve.”

Cruzado has become well-known for her understanding of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant university system 150 years ago. She is also known as a champion of the land-grant's tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach.

Founded in 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada and Mexico.

With a membership of 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and affiliated organizations, APLU works to increase degree completion and academic success, advance scientific research and expand engagement.  

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