Student Associates

Each spring, Student Government solicits applications from students to serve as Student Associates on various Board of Trustee standing committees.  Listed below are the current committees on which Student Associates participate, the committees’ general responsibilities, and a description of the issues they discuss during the Board meetings held each academic year.

The College values student input on the issues discussed by these Board committees, while also providing students with the opportunity to share one’s experience and gain invaluable experience operating within a shared governance structure.

To be eligible for appointment as a Student Associate, students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student for the duration of their time of the service (one academic year, consisting of two semesters), be in good standing with the College, and available to meet during the three to four Board of Trustee committee meetings, usually held on Fridays.

See the meeting schedule here.

If you are interested in serving as a Student Associate:

Nominate yourself by completing this short interest form.

Student Government will then review and rank all nominations and advance student names for consideration by the Board of Trustees. (You may nominate yourself for more than one committee, using this form.)

The following describes the Trustee committees:

The Committee on Educational Policy

  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for the long-range academic plan of the College and its various academic units.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for faculty development, and staffing levels including compensation, recruitment, research and awards.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for student admissions, financial aid and placement.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for the coordination of the educational activities of the College.
  • Responsible for considering policies concerning the administration and supervision of the library and all literary, historical, art, and other collections owned by the College.

The Committee on Financial Policy

  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for asset management of funds other than the endowment and similar funds, including custody and control, debt management, financial accounting, financial reporting, control of financial operation, purchasing and insurance
  • As requested by the Executive Committee or the Board, shall advise on matters dealing with financial long-range planning, budgeting, pricing, and fees.
  • Responsible for establishing the distribution method of endowment and similar funds of the College, subject to the applicable terms and conditions attaching to funds held by the College in fiduciary capacity, and to the application terms and conditions attaching to endowment and restricted funds of the College.

The Committee on Grounds and Buildings

  • Responsible for developing and recommending a comprehensive campus plan in accordance with the defined long-range master plan of the college including new buildings, structures, roads, walks, and utility service systems.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending specifications, plans and contracts for new construction or alterations in existing buildings.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies necessary to keeping the grounds and buildings in proper condition and repair.
  • Responsible for providing guidance in the acquisition, operation, and disposition of real estate.

The Committee on Student Life

  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for governing matters related to the comprehensive student experience, including cocurricular student learning, residential living, health, intercollegiate athletics and recreation, intercultural development, social and religious life, student organizations, and student conduct.

The Committee on Development, Alumni and Community Relations

  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies for the fund raising activities of the College.
  • Responsible for defining and recommending methods to obtain the highest possible effectiveness in various forms of this activity in terms of long-range needs as well as particular times or periods and shall finally in this regard be responsible for assisting in the carrying through of the fund raising program as appropriate for voluntary leadership.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies which will make for a close working relationship between the College and the alumni and the Alumni Association and to coordinate the activities of the College in relation to the alumni and the Alumni Association.
  • Responsible for considering and recommending policies related to the general public affairs programs of the College including publications and periodicals, press and other media relations, major promotional events, admissions, marketing and communications, and other general communications of the College which pertain primarily to external constituencies.