President Expectations

At times, the president may be involved with a significant portion of the student organization's programs, but presidents are not expected to carry the weight of the organization alone. Presidents should be very clear and upfront with the officers and members about what he or she is able and willing to do and how the officers and members can get involved.
It is very important that the organization communicates their expectations to the advisor and each other. The expectations will vary according to the needs of the organization and the advisor. The leadership team should have an annual meeting at the beginning of the officer term to discuss expectations and goals for all leadership team members.
A good president facilitates group success through effective management of the organization. Expectations for the president include:

  1. Attend general meetings and officer meetings
  2. Remind officers/members of deadlines and calendar events
  3. Be available to meet with the leaders before each meeting
  4. Speak up during discussion or committee reports if you have relevant information
  5. Lead by example as an active member of the organization by showing interest in activities and dedication to organization
  6. Provide alternative thoughts or contributions to help members see both sides of an issue
  7. Request to see the Treasurer’s books at the end of each semester and assist when needed with financial matters
  8. Check major correspondence before it is sent
  9. Inform the organization of policy violations or risky situations
  10. Keep the organization aware of its stated objectives when planning events
  11. Work with campus advisor to mediate interpersonal conflicts that arise
  12. Inform the organization of leadership opportunities in which members can participate
  13. Encourage an evaluation of each activity by those students responsible for planning it and all organizational members (Event Feedback Form)
  14. Encourage teamwork and cooperation among the officers of the organization
  15. Be familiar with University facilities, services, and procedures that affect organization activities