Weldon Senior Hansen Appointed to Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Keith Hansen, a senior in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has been notified of his selection as Indiana's only student representative to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Hansen is a West Lafayette native and graduate of West Lafayette High School. He is currently Vice President of the Purdue Engineering Student Council and the Midwest Region of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils and is active in the Weldon School Ambassadors program. Last summer, Keith interned at Abbott Molecular in the Chicago area. In addition to his studies, Hansen has also served as a research intern with Weldon Professor Kinam Park at Akina, Inc. at the Purdue Research Park for the last two school years as a Grubbs Fellow and Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) student. His term on the commission will expire in June 2012. He aspires to attend medical school.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a fourteen-member public body created in 1971 to:
• Define the educational missions of public colleges and universities
• Plan and coordinate Indiana’s state-supported system of postsecondary education
• Review budget requests from public institutions and the State Student Assistance Commission
• Approve or disapprove for public institutions the establishment of new programs or expansion of campuses

The Governor appoints twelve members, nine representing a Congressional District and three at-large members, to serve terms of four years. In addition, the 1990 legislature added a student and a faculty representative who are appointed by the Governor for terms of two years. The Commission is not a governing board, but a coordinating agency that works closely with Indiana's public and independent colleges.