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ASUW President is a challenging job; every day, you change roles in the blink of an eye. You are all at once an ambassador, statesman, entrepreneur, and executive. You must become knowledgeble in higher education, student development theory, accounting, managment, lobbying, husky sports, institutionalized racism, and a whatever weekly issue the Senate has just resolved for ASUW to support.

108th Session of the Associated Students of the University of Washington President

Anttimo Bennett

Goals for 2008-2009:

Representing the Association
Maintaining professionalism at all times to increase the legitimacy of the Association
Eliciting student opinion in major decisions and serving as a strong advocate in lobbying for students needs in Seattle and in Olympia
Establishing networks in the community to increase funding and support of the Association
Creating a New Vision for the Board of Directors
Encouraging collaboration between members of the Board of Directors to ensure a positive working environment
Making the work of the Board of Directors more visible to students to increase student participation in government
Using board reports as progress checks to ensure that each person is fulfilling the promises made to voters
Relating to the Community: The Legend Continues
Reaching out to individuals and groups that have not been previously involved in student government
Solidifying relationships between ASUW and student organizations and living groups by reforming the Director of Community Relations position to reflect the other director positions that serve as chairs to committees
Working with student groups and with the administration to ensure that diversity remains a priority for the University
It's All About Us
Instilling a team mentality in the students that promotes the idea that we can bring change for students by working together
Seeking approval in decisions to improve transparency and encourage teamwork
Working as a team to improve campus safety for all students by advocating for quicker response times to emergency calls, increased safety education from the UWPD Crime Prevention Unit, and more patrols on "The Ave", the Greek system, in the residence halls, and on the main campus

Job Description

See ASUW Constitution and By-Laws.

  • Overall management of ASUW business entities
  • Oversee and execute political efforts at local, state, and federal levels
  • Ensure wide and effective student participation in shared governance with faculty and administration.
  • Participate and/or take leadership in essential university committees.
  • Lobby in the state capitol for student issues including public testimony to House and Senate committees.
  • Handle major public relations efforts with national and local press.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents
  • Make public appearances and speeches at university and community events; attend these events to establish and maintain good relations

Delineated Duties




The President of the ASUW shall:

A. Serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall:

1. Conduct Board of Directors meetings;
2. Appoint committees, with the confirmation of the Board of Directors, except as provided in the Constitution; and
3. Call meetings of the Board of Directors as needed and designate the time and place of the meetings;and
4. Assign floating committee appointments to the Board of Directors as outlined in Article I § (5) (O)

B. Serve as the official spokesperson of the ASUW in campus, community, and inter-school relationships;

C. Serve as ex-officio member with vote on all ASUW committees except on the Elections Administration Committee for recall elections (the President may appoint proxies to these positions);

D. Serve as an ex-officio member without vote on the Board of Regents, the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the University Budget Committee (the President may not appoint proxies for these positions);

E. Serve as an ex-officio member without vote on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees (the President may appoint an At-Large member of the Board of Directors to serve as a proxy for this position);

F. Preside at meetings of the Association;

G. Ensure that Board of Directors members, including the Vice President and Directors, are fulfilling their job responsibilities, and if necessary, make recommendations for disciplinary action to the Personnel Director (or Vice President, if it involves the Personnel Director) for failure to perform the duties of their offices;

H. Distribute projects and tasks to the Board of Directors as applicable and ensure their completion,

I. Maintain accountability for twenty-nine hours per week. Twenty-two of these shall be scheduled hours during which time the President's activities and/or whereabouts are known to the front office staff. Meetings and appointments may be scheduled during this time. The remaining seven hours shall be utilized to complete projects, schedule meetings and appointments, or otherwise facilitate the work of the ASUW. A schedule of these hours shall be submitted to the Personnel Director by the first week of each quarter;

J. Shall meet with the ASUW Finance and Budget Director at the beginning of each quarter to establish the responsibilities and allocation of their Administrative Assistant for that respective quarter. This shall be submitted for approval to the Personnel Director no later than the second week of each quarter;

K. Initiate projects as necessary, including a list of projects on which At-Large members or volunteers will work;

L. Complete a quarterly report and a quarterly evaluation of all Board of Directors members for the Fall and Winter Quarters and submit it to the Personnel Director by the second week of the following quarter;

M. Attend all regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings or special Board of Directors meetings unless officially excused by the Vice President;

N. Ensure that all acts of the Board of Directors are executed;

O. The President or President-elect shall sit on the hiring committees for all positions within the Office of Government Relations for the term in which they will be President. Hiring within the Office of Government Relations shall not take place until after the ASUW elections; and

P. Ensure good communication with the Board of Directors, ASUW, GPSS, University administration, and University community, including ensuring that all written and electronic correspondence is responded to.

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