President and Vice President Resources
Congratulations on your new position! This new leadership opportunity should provide you with a lot of great experience. If you're not sure how to go about your new position, check out the resources below.
- Club Information Meetings (required attendance)
- Group Development Tools
- Concession Stand Management / Food Safety Training
- The Source Student Group Handbook
- Frequently Asked
Important Things to Remember
- Your most recent copy of your constitution must be on file in the Student Activities Office.
- All changes in officers must be reported to the Student Activities Office via the Change of Officer Form.
- The computers in the Club Resource Center are available to you free of charge by the Club Coordination Council.
- Club mail is delivered to your club mailbox in the Club Resource Center, and should be checked weekly.
- As President, you must ensure that the club is abiding by all policies and procedures.
- All expenditures over $5,000 (total cost) require the approval of Financial Management Board in advance. See the Club Coordination Council for more information.
- If you need additional funds, contact the CCC for options on Contingency Appeals and the Council of Representatives Collaboration Fund.
- All posters, flyers, etc. must be approved by the Student Activities Office before posting.
As the demand for student leadership opportunities increase, groups are finding innovative ways to provide leadership positions. The most common form of increasing leadership positions is to adopt a co-president concept. The following information is provided to assist you with determining whether or not your group should adopt a co-president leadership role.
ADVANTAGES OF A CO-PRESIDENCY
- Learn to collaborate.
- Provides more students a leadership opportunity.
- Provides members more accessibility to the president.
DISADVANTAGES OF A CO-PRESIDENCY
- Your group could lack a central spokesperson.
- Two leaders could result in increased miscommunication with members (i.e. sending mixed signals).
- There could be the lack of a central leader to "rally around."
- Decisions could take longer to make when you have two co-presidents.
- Clubs, offices and other groups may have difficulty reaching a central spokesperson for your club.
Every group is unique. Some clubs have been very successful by having two co-presidents. With this in mind, here are some other notes you should keep in mind:
- Avoid more than two co-presidents. Past experience has shown that group with more than 2 co-presidents have found difficulty in clearly achieving their goals.
- If you want to appoint three or more presidents, consider appointing one person a CEO and have the rest of the officers as an officer board which provides input into all decisions on behalf of the group.
- If you are considering a co-presidency, discuss these questions with your advisor.
- Why do you want to have co-presidents?
- Has the group ever had co-presidents in the past?
- What potential conflicts can you foresee with co-presidents?
- What will you do if the co-presidents disagree on an issue?
- Does your constitution allow for a co-president?
- Who will be the central spokesperson for the club should you need one?
For more information regarding developing a more effective and efficient organization, contact the Student Activities Office.