Presidents are the driving force of student organizations that organize and enhance the programs and activities of the group and develop future potential through mentoring to ensure smooth transitions for new leaders of the organization. Presidents work closely with Campus Advisors and general group members to plan activities, publicize group events and programs and promote the mission and purpose of the student organization.
Role of the President
At minimum, the president has to be responsible for:
- Organizing meetings
- Recruiting members
- Serving as a contact for the organization.
- Supervising/overseeing the organization
- Supervising/appointing committee chairpersons
- Ensuring members function together as an effective team
- Scheduling and running executive and group meetings
- Coordinating recruitment and training efforts
- Serving as a role model for other officers and members
- Obtaining appropriate facilities for activities
- Completing and filing required reports
- Attending organization events
- Maintaining contact with organization advisor, alumni, affiliated department, and/or national organization
- Remaining fair and impartial during decision making processes
- Voting in cases where there is a tie
- Coordinating elections
- Stimulating creativity and motivating members
- Managing small details, but always understanding the big picture
- Realizing most advisors are volunteers
Attributes of a Good President
- Leads: Competent and comfortable as the person in charge of the organization.Attends meetings, programs and group activities. Provides encouragement and praise to group members. Willing to consider new ideas and approaches although s/he may not totally agree with them.
- Effective Communicator: Comprehends and conducts timely and professional communication with all stakeholders and interested students.
- Aware: Understands and knows the regular operations needed to maintain a well-run organization. Knows what is happening with the group at all times, such as problems, dates of function, etc.
- Dedicated: Willing to assist the organization when necessary. Enjoys being associated with the group and is very involved.
- Educated: Familiar with the rules, policies, and regulations of the university and the operational documents of the organization.
- Respected: Earned respect through being trustworthy, honest, and demonstrating a genuine interest in the welfare of the group. Makes good decisions.