Presidents are the driving force of student organizations that coordinate organization activities and work to ensure smooth transitions for new officers. Presidents work closely with campus advisors and members to plan activities, publicize events, and promote the mission and purpose of the student organization.

Potential Responsibilities

  • Supervising/overseeing the organization
  • Scheduling and running organization meetings
  • Obtaining appropriate facilities for activities
  • Attending organization events
  • Coordinating recruitment and training efforts
  • Completing all required forms to maintain registered status with the university
  • Remaining fair and impartial during decision making processes
  • Coordinating elections
  • Voting in cases where there is a tie
  • Maintaining contact with organization advisor, alumni, affiliated department, and/or national organization

Attributes of a Good President

  • Leader: competent and comfortable as the person in charge, attends organization meetings and activities, provides encouragement and praise to members, willing to consider new ideas although s/he may not totally agree with them
  • Effective Communicator: comprehends and conducts timely and professional communication with all faculty/staff and interested students
  • Aware: understands the regular operations needed to maintain a well-run organization, knows what is happening with the organization at all times, such as problems, dates of events, etc.
  • Dedicated: willing to assist the organization whenever necessary and is involved in all activities
  • Educated: familiar with the rules, policies, and regulations of the university, as well as bylaws of the organization
  • Respected: earns respect through being trustworthy, honest, and making good decisions in the best interest of the organization