In the 2010-11 academic year, the Memorial Union Leadership Team and Advisory Board restructured the roles of MU elected student leadership, MU President and Vice President, providing a more focused opportunity for student leadership within the organization in future years. Previously both of these elected and paid positions shared responsibility on serving committees and leading programming for MUPC which created some duplication of effort, confusion in roles and opportunity for limited influence in the MU organization.
Due to these changes, roles were redefined in 2011/12 to have the Memorial Union President serve the student body by ensuring student focus in the programs, policies and operation of the Memorial Union organization (Student Leadership & Involvement, Student Media and the MU Facilities and Services), serving on various university committees, the MU Leadership Team, Chair of the MU Advisory Board, and working directly with the students of all of the MU Organizations departments.
Respectively, the MU Vice President is totally focused on the MUPC program and its activities. Acting in the role of Director, this individual monitors the MUPC budget, does program assessment and supports student staffing.
In order to build upon these changes and move the best interest of the students and the Memorial Union Organization forward, the MU Advisory Board intends to amend its bylaws to reflect the following:
- The role of the Memorial Union President position will be moved out of the ASOSU General Elections process and will be vetted through a selection process that will be similar to other campus-wide hiring processes and will involve members of the Memorial Union Organization and OSU community.
- The role of the Memorial Union Vice President will be transitioned into a role as the Director of the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) and will be selected through a hiring process determined by MUPC.
These changes are intended to ensure that the Memorial Union Organization is continuing to be fiscally responsible with the student-fee dollars allocated to these positions and to provide more opportunity to students to lead in these student leadership positions With these changes, the Memorial Union Advisory Board hopes that we will be able to set our student leaders up for success by selecting students that possess the foundational skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead in these positions.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about these changes, please contact Ashley Barnes, MU President, at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 2pm on Friday, February 17th.