Millersville student Brenna Chernich is serving a two-year term on the State Board of Education’s Council of Higher Education. The dual early childhood education and special education major with a minor in integrative STEM education methods was recently approved by the State Board of Education to serve as an advisory member on the council. Chernich officially took over the position on July 12 at the State Board of Education’s bi-monthly meeting.
“I sit on the Council of Higher Education which deals with education policies and procedures regarding postsecondary education. In this position, I offer my perspective as a current postsecondary student and represent my postsecondary peers across the Commonwealth,” says Chernich.
The State Board has two students who serve as advisory members on the Council of Higher Education. These students typically serve two-year terms. This year, it was PASSHE’s turn to nominate a student for the open slot. Chernich was recommended to President Wubah’s office, and then President Wubah’s office nominated her to PASSHE. Chernich spoke with the Deputy Chancellor about the opportunity and then completed an application that was approved by the State Board of Education. The application included a resume, three letters of recommendation and two essays.
“As a student member, my duties include attending and participating in board meetings, advising and consulting with the board and conducting outreach in order to connect with and consult with students across Pennsylvania,” says Chernich.
To be a representative, you must currently be a postsecondary student. The board seeks students who are committed, responsible and involved in their campus and communities.
“As a future educator, it was wonderful to see how much thought goes into the Commonwealth’s educational policies and procedures, and it is so exciting and humbling to now be a part of that,” says Chernich.