Maryana Khames. Photo via Facebook

An 18-year-old San Diego State University student will help set policy for her school and 22 others as a member of the California State University Board of Trustees.

Maryana Khames of El Cajon, a Valhalla High School graduate, has been appointed to the CSU board by Gov. Gavin Newsom, his office announced Friday.

Khames will be joined by Jeffrey Krinsk, 70, of San Diego on the 25-member board overseeing the college system with nearly 500,000 students and meets six times a year.

“We can say anecdotally, that if she is 18, she would be the youngest student trustee over the past nine years,” said a CSU spokeswoman.

“The only differences now are that the appointments of the student trustees are that they have to be a student, the appointment is for two years … and they do not require Senate confirmation,” the spokeswoman said. “There are two student trustees on the board.”

Khames has been a student assistant at the Center for Student Success in Engineering and a justice on the Judicial Affairs Council for Associated Students at San Diego State University since 2018 and a marketing intern at Partners in College Success since 2019.

Her LinkedIn profile says she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international security and conflict resolution.

She was a district representative state Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, from 2016 to 2017. Her compensation is $100 per diem. Khames is a Democrat.

Krinsk has been chief executive officer and managing partner of Finkelstein and Krinsk since 2005.

He was chairman and chief executive officer of Fabulous Inn America Inc. from 1985 to 1987, president of licensing at Guess? Inc. from 1983 to 1985 and vice president and general counsel at Hang Ten International from 1978 to 1983.

Krinsk was executive officer at Norton and Christensen from 1975 to 1977. He earned a juris doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law. Krinsk also is a Democrat.

Newsom’s office also announced the formation of the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education.

The council will serve as an independent consultative resource to Newsom around the economic and social impact of higher education in the state.

Members will examine issues relating to future capacity, enrollment planning, community college transfers, general education and coordination at the state and regional levels, and make recommendations to the governor for action.

“The university and community college systems in the state operate in silos,” Newsom said. “To develop best practices and help our students reach their full potential, we need to work together across institutions. I look forward to working with our state’s higher education leaders to set bold statewide goals and partnering together to achieve them.”

Members of the council are:

  • Janet Napolitano, president, University of California
  • Timothy White, chancellor, California State University
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Kristen Soares, president, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • Tony Thurmond, California state superintendent of public instruction
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, president, California State Board of Education
  • Allan Zaremberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, CalChamber
  • Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer, California Labor Federation
  • Lenny Mendonca, governor’s chief economic and business adviser
  • Keely Bosler, director, California Department of Finance
  • And Lande Ajose, senior policy adviser, Office of the Governor
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