By Jaci Schneider, Opinion Editor
Students’ Association executive officers chose their administrative officers last Wednesday. Erin Dimas will be chief development officer, Valerie Hanneken will be chief communication officer, and Austin Brennen will be chief financial officer.
Justin Scott, president of SA, said the executive officers looked at three factors when deciding whom to appoint.
“You look at peoples’ skills for the position and their backgrounds,” Scott said. “And how they would interact in the office, personality wise.
“We also look at peoples’ schedules,” he said.
Scott said he looks forward to working with the three new officers next semester.
“They’re all very energetic people and really enthusiastic,” he said.
Brennen, previously the representative for the College of Business Administration, ran unopposed for chief financial officer, and he said he looks forward to working with Tyler Cosgrove, executive treasure, Melanie Booker, executive vice president and Scott. He said he applied for the position because he wanted to be more involved in SA.
“I saw the ways SA could be improved and saw great things it was doing and wanted to be a part of that,” Brennen said.
“Tyler and Justin have some great ideas about getting word out about student organization and events,” he said. “Lots of student groups need money, and I help them find different ways of getting that money.”
Brennen said he hopes that student leaders can attend a conference in August that will teach how to write research grants to receive money.
Dimas, former representative for the Zona Luce Building, said she also became interested in the position of chief development officer because of her involvement with SA this year.
“I felt that I was qualified, and I wanted to take on more responsibility,” she said.
As CDO, Dimas will be the liaison between Congress and the executive officers and will communicate between SA and university administrators.
“I’m looking forward to making senators and representatives as capable as possible in holding the positions they have run for,” Dimas said.
Hanneken said because she is a public relations major, she wants to use her talents in SA as CCO. She said she would like to see more communication open up between students and SA.
“I’m looking forward to taking more of a leadership role,” Hanneken said, “and working with a great group of people who really want to help out the student body.”