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Last modified: Monday, October 16, 2006

IU seeking applicants for student trustee

October 16, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A unique leadership opportunity will open to all full-time IU students on Monday, Oct. 23, 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 (University College 002); Graduate School (Union Building 207); Undergraduate Student Government Office (UC 137); Housing and Residence Life (BR 107).
  • IU East: Campus Life; campus switchboard; Chancellor David Fulton (all Whitewater Hall).
  • IU Kokomo: Student Activities (Kelley Center 210); Chancellor Ruth Person (Main Building 127).
  • IU Northwest: Student Life (Savannah 217); Vice Chancellor for Student Services (Savannah 226); Chancellor Bruce Bergland (Library 107).
  • IU South Bend: Student Activities (SAC 130); Chancellor Mae Reck (Administration 250).
  • IU Southeast: Campus Activities (University Center 101); Student Affairs (University Center South 156); Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles (University Center South 155).
  • IPFW: Office of Student Life (Walb Student Union 115); Chancellor Michael Wartell (Kettler Hall 166).

Applications are due Jan. 26, 2007, 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, Casey B. Cox, a third-year law student on the IU Bloomington campus, is the 16th student to hold the position.

Cox, whose term expires June 30, said serving as the student trustee has been the greatest leadership experience of his life. Cox, who had previously served as president of the student government at IU Bloomington, said, "To be in such a position as a student, to participate in such a high level of governance and to help drive the agenda at this institution is very special. I'll be sad to see my tenure come to end, but will take with me the experiences as well as the strong relationships developed among my colleagues and others along the way."

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.

"Indiana University is an outstanding institution, and it aspires to be one the world's great universities in the 21st century," he said. "To be a part of the board as the university welcomes a new president and embarks upon a strategy to accomplish its goals will be remarkably fulfilling."

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 nine 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 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, 2007. Applications for the student position will be reviewed by the 2007 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 April 13 and 14 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 appointed by the governor and three elected by alumni.