Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of SMU, comprised of forty-one members. One student is selected each year to serve as the Student Member of the Board of Trustees (Student Trustee), a full voting member of the Board. Eight other students are also selected to serve as Student Members of the Board Standing Committees. In addition to the responsibility of serving on the Board and Committees, the Student Trustee chairs a committee of the Student Representatives and the Student Body President. This committee enhances the effectiveness of the Representatives within their committees and facilitates communication between the Board of Trustees and the university community.

If you have any questions, please contact Rahfin Faruk, 2014-15 Student Trustee, at

Application Information for 2015-2016

Open to all graduate and undergraduate students who meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as full-time student throughout both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.
  • Not participating in a Study Abroad program during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • No honor code violations or conduct sanction of "Conduct Probation" or higher.
  • Completed 36 credit hours at SMU with a 3.000 Cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Completed the online form (see link at the bottom of this page).
  • Provided additional documentation as requested on online form.
  • Participated in an interview with an SMU Vice President (see below).
  • Participated in an interview with the selection committee (see below).

Please note the committee descriptions below when selecting committee preferences on the application form (see link at the bottom of this page).


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Application form now available on this website

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the link to the application form, located on Orgs@SMU - must have an Orgs@SMU account to complete the application.

Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18

INFORMATION SESSIONS - Current Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees will be present to talk about their experience this past year and to answer your questions.

Tuesday, March 17 - 6:00 PM - Hughes-Trigg Atrium AB
Wednesday, March 18 - 7:00 PM - Hughes-Trigg Portico BCD

All applicants must be able to comply with and attend
all of the following date and time requirements:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00 NOON

Applications are due - complete the application form found through the link at the bottom of this page.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified that they should schedule their interview with an SMU Vice President and sign up for an available interview time on Saturday, April 11.

March 30-April 8, 2015 - Meeting with an SMU Vice President

Candidates who are invited to sign up for an interview slot will also have a 15-20 minute meeting scheduled for them with an SMU Vice President, in their respective office. The meeting will not conflict with student class schedules.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Deadline to sign up for an interview slot at the Dean of Student Life Office

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Interviews held in Hughes-Trigg. You must interview on this day to be selected for a position. Interviews typically last twenty to thirty minutes.

DATE & Time TBD - will likely be sometime the week or so before the Trustees meeting

Training session for new board members with current members and AVPSA/Dean of Student Life.

Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, 2015

Board of Trustees meetings, newly selected Student Representatives attend committee meetings with current members, time & location TBA.

2015-16 SMU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • September 10-11, 2015
  • December 3-4, 2015
  • February 25-26, 2016
  • May 5-6, 2016

Note: Some committee meetings, like Investments, may differ in schedule from these dates.

2014-15 Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Student Trustee - RAHFIN FARUK
Academic Policy, Planning & Management - KATELYN HALL
Buildings & Grounds - CARISSA LAUGHLIN
Development & External Affairs - ELIZABETH DUBRET
Finance/Audit Liaison - MATTHEW MONTSINGER
Student Affairs

2014-15 SMU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • September 11-12, 2014
  • December 4-5, 2014
  • February 19-20, 2015
  • May 7-8, 2015

Note: Some committee meetings, like Investments, may differ in schedule from these dates.

Student Member of the SMU Board of Trustees

The Student Member of the Board of Trustees serves on each of the following committees in addition to either Academic Planning, Policy, and Management or Finance.


The Executive Committee has all of the powers of the full Board between Board meetings.


The Trusteeship Committee has primary oversight responsibility for the Board, insuring proper membership and involvement in the activities of the Board and its committees.

Legal and Governmental Affairs

This committee handles any issues with the government and other legal matters concerning the University.

Board of Trustees Committee Descriptions

Academic Policy, Planning, and Management (one student):

This committee considers and makes recommendations on all changes in the faculty of SMU and advises the Board on all educational policy matters including, but not limited to, degree programs and research.

Athletics (one student):

This committee advises the Board as to the status of the intercollegiate athletics program of the University, considering the academic performance of student athletes and the overall fiscal operation of the Athletics Department. The committee reviews the University's intercollegiate athletics programs and its program for compliance with the rules and regulations of any intercollegiate athletic organizations of which the University is a member, as well as University rules and regulations.

Buildings and Grounds (one student):

This committee advises and makes recommendations to the Board in regard to policies affecting the physical plant and grounds of the University, with special emphasis on maintenance and operating costs.

Development and External Affairs (one student):

This committee advises the Board on policies related to the presentation and promotion of SMU as well as external development and fundraising. Principal areas of review include public relations and marketing plans for the recruitment of students, development and capital campaign planning, and alumni and community relations.

Finance/Audit Liaison (one student serves on both committees):

The committee on Finance reviews the revenue and expense budget prepared for the University by administration prior to the Committee submitting it to the full Board for approval. The committee reports on the status of the current year's operating budget and advises the board on major budget items. Usually meeting twice per year, the committee on Audit provides for review the audit of the books, records, and securities of the University by an unaffiliated accounting firm and presents a report of the audit to the Board. Due to federal law, this student only receives reports from the Audit committee, but is not a voting member.

Investment (one student):

This committee is empowered by the Board to make investment decisions regarding the funds and assets of the University Endowment and advises the Board on its policies relating to University investments.

Student Affairs (two students):

This committee advises the Board on policies relating to student life at the University including recreation, Greek affairs, student activities and organizations, religious life, multicultural student affairs, career planning, orientation, health and wellness, and residence life.

Centennial Student Feedback Report

The Application Period is now CLOSED.
See schedule above for next steps in the process. Thank you.