The Office of the President is one of the most flexible and time consuming offices to hold within the BOD. According to our Constitution (which may very soon change) the President only has a few specific duties including: chairing the BOD meetings, creating an agenda, and being a liaison to the President of the University. However, these are only the explicit tasks demanded of a President and they represent the absolute minimum level at which a BOD President must perform. In order to fulfill the true potential of the Office, the President must be self-motivated, and adaptable. The position requires someone who can identify issues within the University, brainstorm possible solutions and then coordinate a plan of action to address those issues. The President must also be exceptional at identifying interested parties and collaborating with other stakeholders within the University. Finally a BOD President must be available. The Constitution requires that the President work 19 hours a week, however in my experience it is typically required that they work more than that. As the official spokesperson for the BOD the President must be willing to go to City Council meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, UPAC meetings, address the Student/Club senates, meet with ESC and most importantly meet with individual students. This position is rewarding, but also challenging. It requires confidence, drive, and a genuine desire to make CWU a better place.
The Executive Vice President serves as Vice Chair and is a voting member of the Board; must serve 14 hours/week; provides a budget forecast each Fall; oversees committees and appointments; provides a monthly summary of monetary activity; sits on the S&A Committee; and takes minutes if the office staff is unavailable.
The Vice President for Clubs and Organizations is a voting member of the Board; must serve 14 hours/week; handles recognition for student groups; acts as a liaison for clubs and organizations; chairs the Senate of Student Organizations; and acts as liaison to the sports council.
- Constant interaction with students
- Being a great resource to students whether it be funding, getting their concerns and questions heard and giving them the ability to form a group of their choice on this wonderful campus
- Get to build great relationships with leaders on the campus, students and administration alike
- Public speaking, a lot of public speaking
- Great leadership opportunities and team work building
- You have the ability to hire three assistants that will make your life a lot easier and help the office flow smoothly
- TIME CONSUMING
- You realize how demanding and entitled students are
- 99% of the people that come into this office are looking for YOU (the office of clubs and organizations) and they don’t care if you are in a meeting or have class at the time they come in, they want you there when they come in and can get very upset if you are not available when they are.
My advice to you is to be as available as you can to students, but to also not stretch yourself to thin. Don’t take things too personally when students get upset or attack you about the way you are doing your job. Enjoy it! This is a once in a life time opportunity. How many students do you know that get to meet the Washington State Governor, meet and collaborate with the Board of Trustees and the President of the University and his cabinet? How many students do you know who just want to make a difference in their school and feel like their voice isn’t being heard? Well, here is your opportunity to have the opportunity of a life time. Welcome to the BOD.
The Academic Affairs office is a resource for students who have issues and/or concerns regarding academics. These issues and concerns can range from contesting a grade, to solving textbook issues, to providing resources to raise a grade(s) to resources they can utilize if they are on academic suspension. On a monthly basis the Academic Affairs office attends Faculty Senate as well as meets with the provost semimonthly. The Academic Affairs office is also the chair of Student Academic Senate. SAS, in terms of allocating monies, is similar to Club Senate. SAS reimburses individuals who seek to learn outside of the classroom. This learning can span from bringing in a guest speaker, hosting an event, to attending a conference; all of course need to tie to how it is beneficial academically.
Your responsibilities will include promoting civic engagement on campus and making sure that students’ needs are being met in Olympia. This position hosts large events every quarter. Fall quarter will consist of voter registration, education, and creating an Election Assistance Center. Winter quarter is the legislative session in Olympia, so you will plan a student Lobby Day, send students to testify on behalf of certain bills, and maintain relations with student lobbyists. Spring quarter involves the planning of College Civics Week, where students are encouraged to get involved. In the past we have had special guests speak such as Washington’s Secretary of State. Another large responsibility throughout the whole year is being active in the Washington Student Association and serving as President of our chapter at CWU. You will attend monthly board meeting around the state to work with other students in leadership positions to do what is best for students. This job takes a lot of hard work, but it is extremely rewarding when you have witnessed concrete victories in Olympia. The best pieces of advice that I can give any candidate for this position are to find a solid base of volunteers that have a passion for government and civics and to be prepared to plan campus-wide actions around what happens in Olympia.
The Vice President for Equity and Community Affairs serves as the liaison to university equity, diversity and service task forces and committees; leads outreach and service efforts to off-campus students; and represents the ASCWU Board of Directors at Ellensburg city government and community agency meetings on a regular basis.
The Vice President for Student Life and Facilities is a voting member of the Board; must serve 14 hours/week; chairs the Student Union Advisory Board; attends all Residence Hall Association (RHA) meetings; oversees the integrity and safety of campus facilities, malls etc.; and facilitates off-campus student concer.