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WSA Board Elections

Elections

The WSA Board will be holding elections for three positions:

Each elected position serves a two-year term; some positions have a prescribed path that includes the opportunity to be promoted into the respective Chair position for year two. Please see below for the job functions of each position. Time commitments include two meetings per month (one with the WSA Board, and one with University Leadership) and special events as needed. 

Involvement in the WSA Board is a wonderful opportunity to build your Webster network, develop professional skills beyond your job description, and place yourself at the table with key members of University Leadership.

If you have any questions about a position, please reach out to the current board members at wsa@webster.edu.

Nomination Rules:

  • You can nominate yourself. If you are nominating someone else, they should be aware that they are being nominated.
  • Individuals must be full-time staff members at the Webster Groves campus.
  • Individuals may only run for one position; individuals nominated for multiple positions must select just one.

Elections

Thank you for all nominations! The nomination period closed on Friday, April 20th. The WSA Board will be meeting soon to finalize election details and will send out further details soon.


Associate Chair

The Associate Chair is responsible for general financial oversight of the WSA budget. The Associate Chair, in collaboration with the full WSA Board, allocates resources, investigates and resolves variances, and provides an overview of budget allocations as well as regular updates on budget projections throughout the fiscal year. The Associate Chair also supports and assists the Chair with projects and initiatives and acts as an information and reference point for all board members clarifying financial implications and outlining the current financial status of the board.

Duties

    • Manage WSA budget: allocate resources, approve non-professional development fund expenditures, monitor and resolve variances.
    • Liaise with designated staff including but not limited to the full WSA Board, Finance & Administration, and Human Resources regarding financial matters of the board.
    • Maintain accurate budget records and present regular updates to the WSA Board on the board's financial position.
    • Ensure good stewardship of board resources and fiscal integrity.
    • Serve as Acting Chair in the Chair's absence as needed at applicable events such as WSA Board meetings and meetings with Administration.
    • Serve as Acting Chair of the WSA Board should the Chair be unable to complete the current term of office.

Position Expectations

The Associate Chair's responsibilities are separate from but complementary to the responsibilities of the Chair. The Associate Chair serves in a leadership capacity on the WSA Board and must be willing to fill in for the Chair when necessary. At the end of the Chairs' two-year term, the Associate Chair will have the option to move into the position of Chair and continue any current and/or unfinished projects already underway by the previous Chair/Board as well as establish new ones. If the Associate Chair does not wish to move into the role of Chair, the Chair's position will be opened for nominations.

Additional Notes

The Associate Chair requires full access to the WSA budget in CX. Not all expenditures linked to the WSA budget will route through the Associate Chair in Concur due to limitations of the system and the fact that all professional pevelopment fund expenses are, and should be, routed to the Associate Compensation Chair. Given this, it is important for the Associate Chair to regularly monitor the WSA budget in CX, identify/investigate variances, and follow-up with fellow board members and other relevant offices/departments as necessary.

2017-2018 Board Member

During the 2017-2018 academic year, this position was filled by Lori Sharp, Director of Operations, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.


Compensation Chair

The Compensation Chair's priorities are participating in the Insurance Committee in the Summer/early Fall term and putting together the annual Compensation Proposal which is present to University Leadership during the Spring semester. The Compensation Chair will assist the Associate Compensation Chair in their role overseeing the Professional Development Funds.

Duties

    • Preside over all Compensation Development Funds, meetings, and projects regarding compensation.
    • Represent WSA on the Insurance Committee.
    • Lead the WSA Compensation Committee which produces the annual Compensation Proposal.
    • Appoint a minimum of six members of the constituency, who are not currently serving on the WSA Board, to serve one-year renewable appointments on the WSA Compensation Committee.
    • Handle compensation issues as they arise.
    • Maintain a record of surveys, results, proposals, responses, and other documentation regarding issues and concerns throughout the term.
    • Assist in the training and on boarding of the Assistant Compensation Chair.

2017-2018 Board Member

During the 2017-2018 academic year, this position was filled by Amy O'Brien, Coordinator, Athletics.


Associate Special Events Chair

The Associate Special Events Chair will support and assist with all WSA-sponsored events, including both engagement and professional development events. As of 2018, annual events include a back-to school engagement event before the fall semester begins, an end-of-year engagement luncheon in December, and Professional Development Day (PDD) during spring break. Each year, the Special Events duo, in partnership with input from the full WSA Board, may elect to add additional events or re-evaluate the effectiveness of previous annual events.

Duties

    • Assist with developing event ideas, including themes, content, location, decorations, food, etc.
    • Assist with reserving rooms and submitting work orders for technological and facilities support.
    • Assist with securing speakers and volunteers when applicable.
    • Assist with arranging catering for any catered events.
    • Assist with any pre-event shopping and set-up, with event coordination during each event, and with post-event cleanup
    • Assist with the Professional Development Day Committee and all PDD planning.
    • Assist with the creation of post-event surveys and data analysis.

Position Expectations

Serve as Special Events Chair if the current Special Events Chair is unable to complete their term. Upon the end of the Special Events Chair's two-year term, the Associate Special Events Chair will have the option to move into the position of Special Events Chair. If they choose not to move into the Special Events Chair position, the Special Events Chair position will be opened for nominations.

Additional Notes

The Special Events Chair and Associate Special Events Chair should plan to have additional event-planning meetings separate from the WSA Board and Leadership meetings. These include occasional meetings as needed for engagement events, plus twice-monthly PDD Committee meetings in January and February, and weekly PDD meetings in March.

2017-2018 Board Member

During the 2017-2018 academic year, this position was filled by Kristen Rosen, Coordinator - International Recruitment & Services, Office of Admission. Kristen will remain on the WSA Board in her new role as Special Events Chair.