Bemidji State Grad Wins Students United Outstanding Alumni Award for 2016

Bemidji State University Alumnus Brent Glass will receive Students United’s 2016 Andrea Ruesch Outstanding Alumni Award during the organization’s November Delegates Luncheon on Nov. 12 in Minneapolis.

Glass is being recognized for his achievements as a former Students United executive director who is credited with establishing the group’s initial student leadership scholarship. He later pursued professional student services roles at both the college and university levels, where he worked with student populations to increase student success and to encourage involvement in the campus and state student communities.

Glass is currently the system director and operations manager in the Academic and Student Affairs Division at the Minnesota State system office in St. Paul. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Bemidji State University and his master’s degree at St. Cloud State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at St. Cloud State.

“He became involved because of issues he cared about, and stayed involved because he cared about his fellow students and the importance of higher education,” the organization said.

The Students United Outstanding Alumni Award was established in 2012 to honor the memory of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, graduate Andrea Ruesch, who passed away in 2009. Ruesch was the Students United state chair in 1994-95 and was the organization’s director of development from 1999-2002. The organization created the award to remember Ruesch’s talent, enthusiasm and professionalism and her lasting contribution to Students United.

About Students United

Established in 1967, Students United is an independent, non-profit organization funded and operated by the more than 70,000 students attending Minnesota’s seven state universities: Bemidji State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; St. Cloud State University; Southwest Minnesota State University and Winona State University. The organization recognized by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees as the sole representative of state university students in Minnesota. Learn more at


MN State logo 100x175Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.