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Four professionals join 2009–10 ACUI Board of Trustees
April 9, 2009

BLOOMINGTON — April 9, 2009 — The Association of College Unions International is proud to announce its 2009–10 Board of Trustees took office at ACUI’s 89th annual conference this month in Anaheim, Calif.

After having served for a year as president-elect, Don Luse, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill gave his inaugural address during the ACUI annual conference and said he looked forward to strategically leading the development of the profession’s knowledge base through research and enhancement of educational resources.

He also challenged ACUI members: “You are the contemporaries who can explain what you do on your campus and the impact you have on your students. You are the colleagues who must find the time to engage in the research and comprehensive data collection so you can do the best job possible. Finally, you are the individuals who need to gain the credibility so that college union and student activities becomes so integrally tied to the educational mission of your campus it is never questioned again.”

Association-wide voting in late December determined the newest members of the Board of Trustees.

“I’m terribly proud of the initiative and hard work of this year’s Election Committee. Due in large part to their efforts, the election slate was especially strong,” said Lincoln Johnson, University of Washington, Election Committee chair. “We heartily congratulate the newest members of the ACUI Board of Trustees.”

Meg O’Sullivan, SUNY–Downstate Medical Center, will be ACUI’s president-elect. O’Sullivan is currently a member of the ACUI Education and Research Fund. In the past, she has served as a Region 3 education council co-chair and on the 2000 annual conference host committee. O’Sullivan is thrilled to have another chance to serve the Association.

“For many years, I have thought about running for president, and the timing was finally good for me, so I went for it,” she said. “Coming from a small school, I didn’t think my chances would be great to win an election, but I did. I am so happy I put myself out there.”

When she officially takes office, O’Sullivan will begin her first of a three-year term as president-elect, president, and then past president.

“ACUI has always been my professional Association of choice, and I understand what a responsibility it is to be president,” O’Sullivan said. “This year, I want to learn as much as I can about the inner workings of the Association, so I am ready to take over in New York. This is such an incredible professional development opportunity, and I want to make the most of it.”

The Association also elected three new at-large members for the Board of Trustees: Sarah Aikman, Northern Kentucky University; Sharon Silverstein, Suffolk County Community College–Ammerman; and Raymond “Chip” West, University of La Verne. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Aikman recently was the co-chair of ACUI’s 2008 conference program team. She also served as a member of the 2005 conference program team and 2003 host team. Aikman is ready to get started in her new role.

“I am honored to serve as a member of the ACUI Board of Trustees,” Aikman said. “One of my goals is to make good decisions that with further strengthen the Association. In these tough economic times, we will need to be creative and innovative in our recommendations and decisions.”

Silverstein was previously the co-chair of the Auxiliary Services Education Council for the Association. In past years, she had served as the College Bowl program team and on the 2003 conference program team.

“I am honored to have been selected to the Board of Trustees,” Silverstein said. “I look forward to working on the issues that lay ahead.”

West was the chairperson of the 2009 conference program team. Other positions West has held include the College Bowl team leader for Region 15 and member of the 2007 conference program team. He said he is honored to be selected for the Board of Trustees and is looking forward to helping members.

“I hope that is some small way I can help ACUI be nimble, innovative, and responsive to our members’ needs,” West said. “ACUI has given so much to me personally and professionally thorough the years, and I hope that the newly elected leadership will work hand-in-hand to make the Association stronger than ever.”

Other members of the 2009–10 Board of Trustees include: past president Rich Steele, Georgia Institute of Technology; at-large member Alana Hamlett, San Jose State University; at-large member Holly Sateia, Dartmouth College; and at-large member TJ Willis, North Carolina State University.

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community. ACUI enriches them all through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.

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Elizabeth Beltramini
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812.245.8059

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