Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

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

Application Information for 2014-2015

Open to all graduate and undergraduate students who meet the following requirements:

  • 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 - Promenade AB in Hughes-Trigg
Wednesday, March 19 - 5:00 PM - Theater in Hughes-Trigg

All applicants must be able to comply with and attend
all of the following date and time requirements:

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

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified that they should sign up for an available interview time that will take place on Saturday, April 26.

Week of April 21 - Meeting with an SMU Vice President

Candidates who are invited to sign up for an interview slot will also have a 15-20 minute meeting scheduled for them with an SMU Vice President, in their respective office. The meeting will not conflict with student class schedules.

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Deadline to sign up for an interview slot at the Dean of Student Life Office

Saturday, April 26, 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.

2013-14 SMU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • September 12-13, 2013
  • December 5-6, 2013
  • February 20-21, 2014
  • May 8-9, 2014

2014-15 SMU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • September 11-12, 2014
  • December 4-5, 2014
  • February 19-20, 2015
  • May 7-8, 2015

Note: Some committee meetings, like Investments, may differ in schedule from these dates.

Student Member of the SMU Board of Trustees

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.

Board of Trustees Committee Descriptions
2013-14 Committee Student Representatives

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

Centennial Student Feedback Report

The Application Period is now CLOSED.
See schedule above for next steps in the process. Thank you.


The Office of the Dean of Student Life is a department in the Division of Student Affairs.