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Last modified: Monday, October 6, 2008

IU seeking applicants for student trustee

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Oct. 6, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A unique leadership opportunity will open to all full-time IU students on Monday (Oct. 13) when applications for the student position on the Board of Trustees become available.

Applications will be available online at and in the following offices and locations on each campus:

  • IU Bloomington -- IUSA (IMU 387); Board of Trustees (IMU M005).
  • IUPUI -- Campus and Community Life (Campus Center, CE 370); Undergraduate Student Government Office (Campus Center, CE 378); Graduate Student Organization (Campus Center, CE 365); Graduate Office (UN 207); Housing and Residence Life (BR 107).
  • IU East -- Campus Life (Springwood Hall 107); Chancellor's Office (Springwood Hall 204).
  • IU Kokomo -- Student Activities (Kelley Center 210); Chancellor's Office (Main Building 127).
  • IU Northwest -- Student Life (Savannah 217); Vice Chancellor for Student Services (Savannah 226); Chancellor's Office (Library 107).
  • IU South Bend -- Athletics and Recreation (SAC 130); Housing and Residential Life (Community Building front desk); Chancellor's Office (Administration 250).
  • IU Southeast -- Campus Life (University Center South, Room 010); Student Affairs (University Center South, Room 155); Chancellor's Office (University Center South, Room 156); Residence Life (Meadow Lodge).
  • IPFW -- Chancellor's Office (Kettler Hall 166).

Applications are due Jan. 23, 2009, at 5 p.m.

IU has had a student trustee for three decades. The first student trustee, Leslie C. Shively, was sworn in on Jan. 1, 1976. The current office holder, Arthur D. (A.D.) King, a senior in the IU Kelley School of Business on the IU Bloomington campus, is the 17th student to hold the position.

King, whose term expires June 30, 2009, said trusteeship has been a valuable life experience.

"Serving the university and the state of Indiana as student trustee has been very rewarding, especially in such an exciting time in the history of the university," King said. "We inaugurated a new president, elevated academic standards and are constructing new facilities that will serve our students and alumni for generations to come. The university has great momentum right now."

Stephen L. Ferguson, president of the board, urged students to apply, saying the position provides students with an opportunity to have a voice in shaping IU's future while mastering skills that translate far beyond academia.

"Governing an institution of the size and scope of Indiana University is an enormous challenge. The lessons that you will learn and practice -- how to listen to others' views, how to analyze data and how to make the tough decisions that every leader must make -- will serve you in good stead forever," Ferguson said.

Ferguson noted that the student trustee is a fully vested member of the board with all rights, responsibilities and privileges accorded to all trustees. He or she is expected to participate in at least six board meetings a year, serve on board committees, take part in various university functions and ceremonies and complete any assigned projects.

The only difference between the student trustee and all other trustees is the length of term -- student trustees serve two years, while all others serve three.

Any IU student enrolled full time at any of IU's eight campuses may apply. The student trustee must be a full-time student for the duration of the appointment. He or she may be an undergraduate or graduate student.

The term of office begins July 1, 2009. Applications for the student position will be reviewed by the 2009 IU Student Trustee Search and Screen Committee, which is appointed by the president of the university and is composed of students from IU's campuses and a representative of Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The committee will interview selected finalists on March 27 and 28 in Indianapolis. All finalists must participate in the interviews on one of those dates. According to state law, the committee must forward 10 names to the governor, who usually makes the final selection by June 30.

The Board of Trustees is Indiana University's governing board, its legal owner and final authority. The board holds the university's financial, physical and human assets and operations in trust for future generations. The board was created in 1820. Today it has nine members: six are appointed by the governor, and three are elected by alumni.