Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees

The Washington University Board of Trustees recognizes the significance of having the participation of the university’s undergraduate and graduate students in the governance process in a way that student experience, views, interest, and concerns can be effectively communicated to the Board.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 25, 2024.

More Information about Undergraduate Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Applications are accepted each spring for the two positions for non-voting undergraduate student representatives to the Washington University Board of Trustees. The Undergraduate Representative position provides a distinctive and significant opportunity for direct student participation in the governance of the university. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs facilitates the annual selection process for new undergraduate student representatives to the WashU Board of Trustees. Representatives are appointed to a one-year term and actively participate in meetings and other board-related events.

Our two current Undergraduate Student Representatives are hosting office hours on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the DUC tables to answer any questions about the process. If the regular office hours do not work for you, feel free to e-mail Dame Von Guinter and Johnathan Smith and schedule a time to answer your questions.


  • Students must be enrolled in, regularly attending, and complete at least twelve (12) undergraduate credit hours for the semester in which they are an applicant, as well as during their one-year term as an Undergraduate Representative.
  • Students must be able to complete a full year (fall and spring semesters) as a full time enrolled student during their term.
  • In person attendance at board meetings is required. Therefore, students planning to study abroad during the 2024-2025 academic year are not eligible. Note: students currently studying abroad are eligible to apply and will be interviewed virtually instead of in person.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Washington University, as determined by the student’s academic unit, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, prior to and throughout the duration of their appointment as an undergraduate representative to the board of trustees.

In general, it is important the student representative have knowledge of the undergraduate experience at Washington University, be articulate, be able to present a variety of opinions, have sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and hold the respect of peers, faculty, and of others in the community. The student representative should also be willing to maintain close communication with the undergraduate community.

Other Representatives to the Board of Trustees

There are also two graduate students, two faculty and two alumni representatives.

Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Student Representatives to the Board

  • Attendance and participation in the four (4) quarterly meetings of the Board and all special meetings as needed each year.
  • Preparation for the meetings by reading prepared material with care so that they can discuss, modify, and make recommendations on proposed resolutions.
  • Meet appropriately with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  • When appropriate, express to the Board your own views on issues and, if possible, representation of the views of other students.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Serve as a liaison to keep channels of communication open between the Chancellor and students.
  • The new term of the Undergraduate Student Representative will begin at the October Board Meeting and shall end at the next May Board Meeting.
  • Note: Students chosen to be Undergraduate Representatives to the Board of Trustees will receive the meeting dates for the upcoming academic year. However, the board normally meets quarterly in October, December, March and May.

Undergraduate Representative Selection Committee

Rob Wild, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Chair

Anthony Azama
Associate Vice Chancellor and The John M. Schael Director of Athletics

Tim Bono, PhD
Assistant Dean for Assessment and Analytics for Student Affairs

Kirk Dougher, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for Student Support and Wellness

Kristy Guffey
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff

Norma Guerra Gaier
Associate Vice Chancellor for Center for Career Engagement

Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Sheryl Mauricio
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Chelsea Petersen
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Affairs

Current Student Representatives, as well as several other student volunteers, participate in the section process. The Committee will provide an overview of candidates to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, who will recommend four finalists to the Office of the Board of Trustees. From that pool of four, two will be selected by the Board to serve as student representatives.

Application Process

Complete all sections of your portion of the online application and submit by the March 25, 2024 deadline. Keep in mind, all materials are due by the deadline. You will be required to complete your part of the application in one sitting; you cannot save and come back to it.

Applicants are required to submit a one page resume, three short essays (300 words or less) pertaining to three questions, and submit two recommendations. Your recommendations can be from a staff or faculty member or another student of the Washington University community. You should select recommenders who are familiar with your academic record and leadership activities. Members of the Undergraduate Selection Committee are not eligible to write recommendations.

It is your responsibility to check that your application file is complete. You may contact Telika McCabe to request this information. Your file should contain the completed online application form, your one-page resume, your essay responses and your recommenders plus letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selected candidates will interview with the selection committee between March 27 and April 5, and finalists will have a 30 minute interview with a member of the Board of Trustees during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9.

Please direct questions to Telika McCabe.

Complete application