Steve Sabin of Brainerd is the new president of the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), a post he sought at the April 20-22 general assembly of the organization held at Breezy Point.
Sabin, a practical nursing honor student at Central Lakes College (CLC), is the first CLC student to be elected to the statewide office. He serves as president of the Brainerd campus student senate.
The statewide office is a post of leadership for about 100,000 Minnesota college students. Numerous students from several two-year colleges across the state supported Sabin’s nomination and election.
A marathon runner, the 29-year-old Sabin has led a number of campus and state initiatives during his CLC leadership tenure. He has served on the CLC Diversity Leadership Council, Nursing Advisory Committee, President Lundblad’s Regional Advisory Committee, Gordon Rosenmeier Center board, Psychology Club, Student Life Committee, Campus Community Health Committee (founder).
At the state level, Sabin has served on the MSCSA Platform and Steering committees and during the past year chaired the President’s Group.
Sabin said he intends to be an advocate for higher education accessibility, quality, and affordability in the Minnesota State College and Universities system.
“I am determined to do whatever it takes to get our leaders organized and to fight for students so that out two-year colleges are affordable and accessible,” Sabin said.
CLC reports his mission is “to lead the association through a huge year in speaking loud and proud for Minnesota’s two-year public college students and protect the dreams our students set out to achieve.”
He continues to earn his nursing diploma and next year expects to earn the Associate in Arts degree at CLC.
“Within the nursing profession, I want to specialize in intensive care or emergency nursing,” Sabin said, adding that he plans to use public-service experience to lobby for patient’s rights and safety within the Minnesota Nurses Association and at the Legislature.