Applicants for Student Trustee-elect are invited to submit an application and résumé in electronic format to by August 12, 2016. Applicants must be able to affirm that they are currently enrolled students in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time they make the application. The Presidents of Student Government, Graduate Leadership Council and Student Bar Association will select candidates for personal interviews the week of August 22, 2016. The interview pool ideally will include at least one student from each student government constituency: undergraduate, graduate, and law. Following the interviews, the student government leaders will submit the name(s) of at least two candidates for consideration by the Board of Trustees’ Trusteeship Committee. The Trusteeship Committee will nominate one candidate to the Board for election as Student Trustee-elect. The election of any person to the Board requires the approval of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. [American University Bylaws, Article III, Section 3]


The Student Trustee-elect is an observer for the first term, and in the second term is a regular member of the Board. The American University Student Trustee is a regular member of the Board for purposes of meeting and committee participation and other general obligations of trusteeship, but does not have the power to vote. The Board meets four times a year, in September, November, February and May and exercises its powers of responsibility for the University in the following matters: (a) elects the President of the University, appoints the Secretary, and approves the appointments of the Provost, Vice Presidents, and deans; (b) establishes University policies, to be executed by the President; (c) assists, guides, and evaluates the progress of the University and receives reports from the President in this regard; (d) elects Board members and officers; (e) approves full-time and tenured faculty appointments recommended by the President; (f) confers degrees; (g) appoints committees it deems necessary; (h) assists in raising funds to support the University; and (i) preserves and protects University operations and properties. [American University Bylaws, Article III, Section 10]. You are strongly encouraged to review the Board of Trustees Bylaws available online at


Candidates for Student Trustee-elect will be expected to present evidence of exemplary academic achievement and involvement in the American University community. Because there is only one Student Trustee, the successful candidate will be conversant with the issues important to most students at American University, regardless of their programs of study, and will demonstrate a general understanding of how university policies and operations affect student life. Candidates should be able to accept the responsibilities associated with Board service without negative consequences for their academic achievement. Graduate and law students who also earned their undergraduate degrees at American University are especially encouraged to apply. The Student Trustee-elect will serve a two-year term – the first as an observer and the second as Student Trustee. The Student Trustee-elect must be eligible to serve in both the first and second terms.


Applications for Student Trustee-elect are due August 12, 2016. Please submit the application and résumé electronically to or deliver a paper copy to #271 MGC c/o Emily Artalejo, Assistant to the Sr. Director of University Center & Student Activities. The Student Trustee-elect’s term will begin at the September 2016 Board meeting and conclude at the end of the May 2017 Board meeting. The Student Trustee’s term will begin at the September 2017 Board meeting and conclude at the end of the May 2018 Board meeting.


Please create a Word document including the information below, in addition to your responses to the application questions.

 Name

 School and Year

 AU ID Number

 Email Address

 Phone Number

 Are you a full-time student in good academic and disciplinary standing? This is subject to verification.

Your answer to each question should be no more than 200 words:

 What interests you about the Student Trustee position?

 What do you believe are the responsibilities of the Student Trustee?

 What experience do you have in working with the undergraduate, graduate, and law school constituencies? What will you do to understand the issues and concerns of students at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels?

 How will you communicate your actions as a member of the Board to the student community?

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