After an arduous election process, current Ohio Wesleyan seniors chose Jake Miller to represent their class on the university’s Board of Trustees.
The month-long election process consisted of 10 percent of the graduating class signing a petition for the candidates. Next, campaigns were held and seniors voted online using myOWU.
Members of the Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing and managing university operations.
Julia Hatfield, assistant director of alumni relations, said there three graduating class trustees serve at any given time, and they are considered full Board members. Therefore, she said, they have full voting privileges on the Board, attend full meetings and participate on committees.
“The (graduating class trustee) is meant to serve as a voice for students and younger alumni who would not otherwise have a representative for their interests on the Board,” Hatfield said.
During his three-year term, Miller hopes to assist the board in making decisions that will benefit students.
“Because I have been able to participate in a number of different organizations on campus, I have a good understanding of what Ohio Wesleyan does well and also what can be improved,” he said. “I hope to bring up discussions on ways to improve the day-to-day life at Ohio Wesleyan by improving things like residential life and food services.”
President Rock Jones said he believes Miller will be an excellent representation for students.
“Jake has been a strong leader as a student on campus, and he will take those same leadership skills to his service as a trustee,” Jones said.
“He will continue the long-standing tradition of graduating class trustees who participate fully and actively in all deliberations, decisions and activities of the Board of Trustees.”