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2020-2021 Student Trustee Information & Application

The ASCWU Student Government will be identifying 3-5 current full-time CWU students to be considered for the Board of Trustee appointment by Governor Jay Inslee’s office. The Student Trustee appointment will begin on July 1st, 2020 for one calendar year. 

After sharing your contact information you will be asked to upload a resume/CV and detailed cover letter explaining their interest in serving on the board of trustees and explaining their level of engagement on campus and perspective on various educational, financial, and social matters faced by the University by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.   ​The ASCWU Student Government will review the submissions and select which students to officially nominate to the governor’s office by 12pm on Friday, April 24. 2020.  

​As noted by the Washington State Legislature, the following information is provided related to Trustees:

RCW 28B.35.100


(1) The governance of each of the regional universities shall be vested in a board of trustees consisting of eight members, one of whom shall be a student. The governor shall select the student member from a list of candidates, of at least three and not more than five, submitted by the governing body of the associated students. They shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and, except for the student member, shall hold their offices for a term of six years from the first day of October and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The student member shall hold his or her office for a term of one year from the first day of July and until the first day of July of the following year or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified, whichever is later. The student member shall be a full-time student in good standing at the respective university at the time of appointment.

(2) Five members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In case of a vacancy, or when an appointment is made after the date of expiration of the term, the governor shall fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term of the trustee whose office has become vacant or expired.

(3) Except for the term of the student member, no more than the terms of two members will expire simultaneously on the last day of September in any one year.

(4) A student appointed under this section shall excuse himself or herself from participation or voting on matters relating to the hiring, discipline, or tenure of faculty members and personnel.


A Message From Current Student Trustee, Alex Harrington:

In 1998, the Washington State Legislature passed SB 5517 which added a student member to each governing body of Washington’s four year institutions of higher education (RCW 28B.20.100; RCW 28B.30.100; RCW 28B.35.100; RCW 28B.40.100). The student members are full voting members on their respective governing boards on all matters besides those relating to the hiring, discipline, or tenure of faculty members and personnel.

The mandate of the student members is to:

  • Be good stewards of the institution and ensure its success and longevity
  • Represent the best interests of all stakeholders on campus as a whole—faculty, staff, students, and administration
  • Represent the citizens and, more specifically, the students of Washington State as a whole

Student Trustees must balance representing the interests of Washington’s students with what is necessary for the sustainability of the institution. The trustees govern the university “from 30,000 feet,” and thus, must approach decisions with objectivity and foresight.

To fulfill their mandate effectively, Student Trustees must exhibit:

  • Independence of thought
  • Willingness to ask tough questions
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Emotional intelligence

You may start and save your progress at any time before submitting.

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