The Board of Trustees is the governing body of SMU, comprised of forty-one members. One student is selected each year to serve as the Student Member of the Board of Trustees (Student Trustee), a full voting member of the Board. Eight other students are also selected to serve as Student Members of the Board Standing Committees. In addition to the responsibility of serving on the Board and Committees, the Student Trustee chairs a committee of the Student Representatives and the Student Body President. This committee enhances the effectiveness of the Representatives within their committees and facilitates communication between the Board of Trustees and the university community.
If you have any questions, please contact George Utkov, 2013-14 Student Trustee, at email@example.com.
- Enrolled as full-time student throughout the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
- Not studying abroad during the 2014-2015 school year.
- No honor code violations or conduct sanction of disciplinary probation or higher.
- Completed 36 credit hours at SMU with a 3.000 Cumulative GPA or higher.
- Completed the online form (see link at the bottom of this page).
- Provided additional documentation as requested on online form.
- Participated in an interview with the selection committee (see Selection Process information below).
Please note the committee descriptions below when selecting committee preferences on the application form (see link at the bottom of this page).
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Application form now available on this website
Scroll to the bottom of this page for the link to the application form.
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18-19, 2014
INFORMATION SESSIONS - Current Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees will be present to talk about their experience this past year and to answer your questions.
Tuesday, March 18 - 5:00 PM - TBD in Hughes-Trigg
Wednesday, March 19 - 5:00 PM - TBD in Hughes-Trigg
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 before 12:00 NOON
Applications are due - complete the application form found through the link at the bottom of this page.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM
List of students selected for an interview will be posted on the Dean of Student Life suite door, Hughes-Trigg 302. Sign up for an interview slot at this time.
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Deadline to sign up for an interview slot at the Dean of Student Life Office
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Interviews held in Hughes-Trigg. You must interview on this day to be selected for a position. Interviews typically last twenty to thirty minutes.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Training session for new board members with current members.
Thursday and Friday, May 8-9, 2014
Board of Trustees meetings, newly selected Student Representatives attend committee meetings with current members, time & location TBA.
Note: Some committee meetings, like Investments, may differ in schedule from these dates.
2013-14 Student Trustee: George Utkov
The Student Member of the Board of Trustees serves on each of the following committees in addition to either Academic Planning, Policy, and Management or Finance.
The Executive Committee has all of the powers of the full Board between Board meetings.
The Trusteeship Committee has primary oversight responsibility for the Board, insuring proper membership and involvement in the activities of the Board and its committees.
Legal and Governmental Affairs
This committee handles any issues with the government and other legal matters concerning the University.
Academic Policy, Planning, and Management (one student):
This committee considers and makes recommendations on all changes in the faculty of SMU and advises the Board on all educational policy matters including, but not limited to, degree programs and research.
2013-14 Student Representative: Rahfin Faruk
Athletics (one student):
This committee advises the Board as to the status of the intercollegiate athletics program of the University, considering the academic performance of student athletes and the overall fiscal operation of the Athletics Department. The committee reviews the University's intercollegiate athletics programs and its program for compliance with the rules and regulations of any intercollegiate athletic organizations of which the University is a member, as well as University rules and regulations.
2013-14 Student Representative: Tyler Scott
Buildings and Grounds (one student):
This committee advises and makes recommendations to the Board in regard to policies affecting the physical plant and grounds of the University, with special emphasis on maintenance and operating costs.
2013-14 Student Representative: Zane Cavender
Development and External Affairs (one student):
This committee advises the Board on policies related to the presentation and promotion of SMU as well as external development and fundraising. Principal areas of review include public relations and marketing plans for the recruitment of students, development and capital campaign planning, and alumni and community relations.
2012-2013 Student Representative: Lauren Lyngstad
Finance/Audit Liaison (one student serves on both committees):
The committee on Finance reviews the revenue and expense budget prepared for the University by administration prior to the Committee submitting it to the full Board for approval. The committee reports on the status of the current year's operating budget and advises the board on major budget items. Usually meeting twice per year, the committee on Audit provides for review the audit of the books, records, and securities of the University by an unaffiliated accounting firm and presents a report of the audit to the Board. Due to federal law, this student only receives reports from the Audit committee, but is not a voting member.
2013-14 Student Representative: John Angle
Investment (one student):
This committee is empowered by the Board to make investment decisions regarding the funds and assets of the University Endowment and advises the Board on its policies relating to University investments.
2013-14 Student Representative: Jaison Thomas
Student Affairs (two students):
This committee advises the Board on policies relating to student life at the University including recreation, Greek affairs, student activities and organizations, religious life, multicultural student affairs, career planning, orientation, health and wellness, and residence life.
2012-2013 Student Representatives: Antonea Bastian and Will Slack