By: JIM IRIZARRY
Staff Writer/Copy Editor
An opportunity to initiate change. It’s something that many of us strive for in our lives.
For one Indiana University student, the chance to initiate that change may come earlier than they had ever expected.
The university will be looking to fill the student trustee’s seat on the Board of Trustees. The current student trustee, graduate student Anna Williams of Bloomington, will be graduating this May. Since the position was created more than 30 years ago, 21 students have filled the seat, many of them coming from the Bloomington or IUPUI campuses. SGA President Stephen Salisbury would like to see a South Bend student get a chance.
Salisbury serves on the search and screen committee for this search, a position that each SGA president from the entire IU system serves. None of the SGA presidents can push one candidate over the other, but they can encourage as many people as possible to apply.
“I would like to think that if there was a regional campus student’s voice on the Board of Trustees, at least that voice would be heard,” Salisbury said. “Now, I know for a fact that we have members on the Board of Trustees that are from our region, and they each serve on advisory boards for the regional campuses as well, so they’re familiar with what’s happening. But I think that the more diverse the voices, the better for the system.”
In case you aren’t sure of what the Board of Trustees does, it holds a high, if not the highest position throughout Indiana University.
“They set tuition and fees, they do curricula, they basically have the final word on everything in our system,” Salisbury said.
The position is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students on all IU campuses. Nonresident and international students are also welcome to apply. Students must be enrolled full-time for the entire term. Even though there are no minimum GPA requirements, a student must be able to display that serving on the board will not impact their studies negatively.
The next term will begin when the new fiscal year begins in June and will last until May 2019. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on Dec. 9. Students can fill out an application online or by mail.
Salisbury believes that if a South Bend student were to get the trustee position, it would certainly be a feather in IUSB’s hat.
“What a lot of people don’t realize about us is that we are really the region’s only fully-public, four-year undergraduate institution,” Salisbury said. “I think it would be great to have that sort of presence down there.”