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IU Board of Trustees now accepting applications for student trustee position

BLOOMINGTON, IN (DEc. 11, 2012) – The Trustees of Indiana University are now accepting applications for the board’s student trustee position. Current member Cora J. Griffin will complete her two-year term in 2013, and, along with the other eight members of the board, she encourages students at IU campuses throughout the state to pursue this potential opportunity of a lifetime.

A resident of Galveston, Indiana, in Cass County, Griffin is a graduate student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a J.D. student in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law on the IUPUI campus. She told the Indiana Daily Student that she wanted to serve the university as a trustee because “it’s something that always really appealed to me—just being able to understand that student perspective “

IU Student Trustee Cora Griffin

Appointed by the Indiana governor at the conclusion of the selection process, the successful student trustee candidate has traditionally had a background of outstanding academic and extracurricular involvement. Griffin, for example, previously served as the president of the IUPUI Student Foundation, as a SPEA ambassador, a resident assistant for Housing and Residence Life, the president of the Student Activities Programming Board, the president of the IUPUI Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the vice president of the IUPUI Undergraduate Student Government.

Even though such activities provide valuable preparation for the post, the actual experience of serving on the board has brought its own rewards. “Knowing that I wanted to go into higher education and foundation work, I thought that this would be a great learning opportunity,” Griffin said. Former student trustees have gone on to distinguished careers in medicine, law, business, and higher education.

As a fully vested member of the board with all rights, responsibilities, and privileges accorded all trustees, the student trustee attends at least six board meetings a year, serves on board committees, takes part in university functions and ceremonies, and undertakes any assigned projects. The only difference between the student trustee and other trustees is the length of service; all others have three-year terms.

Student trustees must maintain full-time student status during their entire two-year tenure and allocate sufficient time for serving on the board without adversely affecting their studies. Nonresident students, including international students, are welcome to apply for the position.

The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2013. Interviews will take place on April 5-6, 2013, in Indianapolis. The interview is mandatory; candidates who miss it will not have another chance to meet with the search committee. After the interviews, the committee, in accordance with state law, will forward 10 names to Governor Mike Pence, who will make the appointment. The new term will run from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015.

Read more on the Trustees of Indiana University website or contact the office at (812) 856-3762.

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