There are many opportunities for student leadership at Western, but only one student can be appointed by the governor sit on the Board of Trustees. Applications for the position are now being accepted by the selection committee, which is chaired by Associated Students President Anna Ellermeier.
“I think [the student trustee position] is incredibly important because students are a large stakeholder in the university,” Ellermeier said. The student trustee sits on the board as a citizen with a student perspective, but not necessarily to represent the student body in that is the AS President’s job,” Ellermeier said.
Students who are interested should pick up an application in Viking Union 552 from Cindy Monger, AS board assistant. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on April 17, in VU 504. Candidates must Western students, Washington state residents and be at least 18 years old. They must also meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement for a student to be employed on campus. They must have completed 60 credits at Western, and maintain a minimum of six credits per quarter or four for a graduate student.
The selection process for the new student trustee begins in April. The selection committee consists of Ellermeier, Whitish, Vice President for Student Life Sara Richards, Ethan Glenmaker and Andrew Sambroook. Dean of students, Ted Pratt, will advise the committee. The committee will select three to five satisfactory applicants who will be reviewed by the AS Board of Directors before the list is sent to the governor’s office for official selection and appointment.
A new student trustee will hopefully be appointed by the governor before the Board of Trustees meeting in August, Ellermeier said.
Whitish said he enjoys his job as student trustee because he is able to give the board a point of reference for how students see things after they are implemented. He also enjoys attending fundraising events and meeting donors and members of the Board of Trustees who he normally would not have the opportunity to get to know.
Whitish attends every board meeting and participates in all aspects of the board’s decision-making process, except for items that relate to personnel issues.
“I really wanted to have a say,” he said. “And to represent students [to the board] in the best way possible.”