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Erykah Betterson Joins CSU Board of Trustees

Will serve as one of two student representatives

Erykah Betterson

Beauxerykah “Erykah” Betterson, a junior at Cleveland State University, has been appointed to a two-year term as a student representative to the CSU Board of Trustees. She replaces Sierra Davidson, who served as a student member of the Board from 2016-2018. Each state university has by statute two non-voting student Board members. They participate in Board deliberations, serve on Board committees and represent the Board and the University at a wide range of official functions.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected for this important position, and am looking forward to working with my fellow trustees and President Harlan Sands to support the continued growth of CSU,” Betterson says. “I also hope to serve as an advocate for the needs of my fellow students to ensure we all have the tools and resources needed to excel on campus and beyond.”

“Our student trustees provide tremendous value to the Board, and I am looking forward to working with Erykah in her new role,” adds David H. Gunning II, chair of the Board of Trustees at CSU.

Betterson was selected for the position following an open call for applications and was officially appointed by the Governor of Ohio earlier this month. She joins fellow student trustee John DeMarco, a doctoral candidate in physical therapy, who was appointed to the Board in 2017.

Erykah Betterson was born in Germany to a military family and now lives in Berea. A double major in environmental studies and urban planning, she previously served as a senator in the Student Government Association, representing the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She also is a member of the CSU Honors College and the 1964 Society, a student organization which seeks to enhance relationships between current students and CSU alumni.

“Throughout my tenure at CSU I have been committed to service with a focus on making our community a better place,” Betterson adds. “I see this new opportunity as yet another way to accomplish that goal.”