The commission, which operates under the state's Master Plan for Higher Education, is California's planning and coordinating body for higher education. Its role is to help integrate fiscal, programmatic and policy analysis dealing with the state's postsecondary education system.
Hanff, CSUN's student body president this year, recently was reelected by CSUN students to another term in that job for the upcoming school year.
"I am excited about doing something so meaningful," said Hanff, a Northridge resident, of his appointment to the state commission. "I want to ensure that every individual in the state who wants it has access to an affordable and quality education."
Hanff was selected for one of two student representative positions on the commission after applying for the opening last year and then being chosen as one of five finalists. After interviews in November, three names were sent to the governor's office. Hanff was picked following a final interview with the state's assistant secretary of education.
Hanff is a political science major who has gained a broad knowledge of state issues affecting Cal State students through his campus activities. He also is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
The education commission meets every other month, with the next scheduled meeting in June in Sacramento. Members do not receive a salary.