Apply Now to be the Student Representative to the Board of Governors

Make a difference during your college career for both Truman and fellow students by applying to become the next student representative to the University Board of Governors.
What is the Board of Governors?
All public universities in the state are governed by state boards appointed by the governor of Missouri. At Truman, that entity is called the Board of Governors, and it serves as the highest policy-making body at the University. Responsibilities of the Board of Governors include: approving the annual budget; approving tuition, room and board, and student fees; and selecting the University president and general counsel; as well as making decisions on a variety of other issues related to the functioning of the University.

Who is on the Board of Governors?
The Board is made up of 10 individuals appointed by the governor of Missouri and confirmed by the Missouri Senate. Of those 10 board members, there is a sole student representative. The student representative, non-voting position, is a two-year term, and the next student representative will have a term ending Jan. 1, 2018. The other nine board members are comprised of seven voting members and two non-voting members who are appointed for six-year terms. The other two non-voting members are out-of-state members.
Why should you apply to be the Student Representative to the Board?
Given the amount of responsibility vested in the Board of Governors, and the significant impact that decisions made by the Board have on the student body, it is vital to have a strong, informed student voice represented in those decisions. For anyone interested in advancing student ideas and opinions, there is perhaps no better opportunity to do so than serving as the student representative to the Board.
Serving on the Board is a great honor and responsibility. While the position requires a commitment of both time and work, it also provides an unmatched opportunity for personal and professional growth. Time serving on the Board will provide significant insight on higher education and a valuable experience.
More Information:
Over the years, there have been student representatives from a wide range of majors and backgrounds. Because the term is for two years, most student representatives have been freshmen or sophomores at the time of their appointment, so underclassmen need not feel discouraged from applying.

Successful applicants must be a full-time student and a resident of the state of Missouri. Further, they must be willing and able to serve until Jan. 1, 2018. The position is a significant time commitment, which will require extensive reading and studying of various documents. In addition, the student representative will serve as a non-voting member of the Student Government and as such will need to attend weekly meetings of the Student Government. They will also be strongly encouraged to attend the weekly meetings of the executive committee of Student Government.

The application can be found here.

Completed applications can be submitted to no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 23. The authorization for release of personal information form should also be printed out and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building 1110, by 5 p.m. Oct. 23.
Suggested Reading Links:
Student Government Constitution

Truman State University Strategic Plan
Student Government Standing Rules

Truman State University Student Conduct Code
Student Government Sexual Assault Prevention Ad Hoc Committee Report
Truman State University Board of Governors Website

Questions can be emailed to or to Molly Turner at

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