What is the Board of Trustees (BOT)?
“The Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System consists of 16 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor. The Maine Commissioner of Education serves as a member ex officio. Members are appointed for a five-year term and may be reappointed once. A student member of the Board is appointed for a single two-year term. The Board has full legal responsibility and authority for the University System. It appoints the Chancellor and each University President, approves the establishment and elimination of academic programs, confers tenure on faculty members, sets tuition rates and operating budgets, and more.” (www.maine.edu/board)
What Does The BOT Representative Do for You?
The BOT representative is unique among the GSG officers in that he or she is elected to a 2 year term. The BOT representative meets with UMaine’s administrators on a regular basis, and advocates for graduate student interests at the campus and system level. The system is made up of 7 universities, however, UMaine has a very different mission than the others, and has a very different composition of students (1:5 graduate:undergraduate). It is critical that the GSG, and thus the entire graduate student body, be represented at the System level since blanket decisions made with undergraduate students in mind may not be in the best interest of graduate students. The BOT representative works closely with the other student representatives, including the undergraduate representative from UMaine, and strives to elevate Trustee awareness of the work we do as graduate students as well as the things that are important to our experience as graduate students while at UMaine.
What are the BOT Representative’s Responsibilities?
A. Act as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Graduate Student
B. Attend the bimonthly Board of Trustees meetings.
C. Be familiar with the nature, needs, and concerns of the graduate student body.
D. Be familiar with the nature and process of decision making in the System, including attending System training sessions.
E. Advocate in the best interest of the graduate students at the University of Maine.
F. Provide reports of Board meetings to the GSG Executive Committee, Senate, Graduate Dean, and Associate Dean.
G. Serve as a non-voting member of a Board-appointed committee, including attending off-cycle meetings if they occur.
H. Meet any additional expectations of the GSG as may arise.
I. Communicate between Board meetings with the other Board of Trustees Student Representatives.
J. Serve as an advocate for the University of Maine System.
K. Take notes during his or her committee meeting and forward them to the Vice Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Student Representatives within 1 week.
L. Facilitate Student Representative meetings with the Board on a rotating basis.
BOT Meeting Dates for 2013-2014:
May 19-20 at the System Office
Jul 15 at the System Office
Sep 23 at the System Office
Nov 17-18 at UMF
Jan 27 at the System Office
Mar 24 at UMM
May 18-19 at the System Office
Past and upcoming BOT meeting agendas can be found at http://www.maine.edu/board/index.php?section=3 and will also be posted one week prior to the BOT meetings on the GSG rep folder on FirstClass.
Special note: The BOT meetings are open to the public, and anyone who would like to accompany me to the BOT meetings are welcome. There is always a ‘public comment’ period toward the end of the BOT meeting during which anyone may address the Board for no more than 3 minutes. Please contact me if you have an interest in attending or speaking at a BOT meeting.
If you have any questions at all about the Board, the System, or our campus please do not hesitate to contact me at Charles.Rodda@umit.maine.edu.