As the person on campus who breathes the student voice directly into the ear of the Board of Trustees, getting to know the Student Trustee would not be a bad thing. Meet senior Alex Walls, Student Trustee for the 2012-2013 school year.
As Student Trustee, Walls is a full voting member of the Board of Trustees and also sits on the Student Affairs and Admissions and Financial Aid committees. Though Walls is a member of the Board, he does not have a say in personnel matters and is not involved in the Board’s Executive Sessions.
“The position in very influential, but doesn’t have tangible power,” explained Walls. “When the administration needs a student voice, they come to me.”
Walls noted that the position involves a more long-term impact on campus in comparison to other student leader positions. “I really wanted a say in the vision and direction of the College,” he said.
He also stated that the main issues a Student Trustee usually deals with is tuition. “That’s the one thing we always fight over,” Walls said. “But over time, crises and issues arise that the Student Trustee is thrown right into, like the mold last year, for example. Things come up and the trustee has to rise to the occasion.”
His goals for this year include getting “more involvement with the Board, the students, and the alumni. I would like to see all three groups interact more together.”
But Walls, a Political Science and Public Policy double major, is also involved in multiple other parts of the student life spectrum. He also works in the Office of Student Activities as the Community Service Fellow, is an Orientation Leader, a driver for SafeRide, a Student Ambassador, in Maryland Student Legislature, and recently joined the St. Mary’s Ultimate Team (SMUT).
Walls, a 2009 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, was chosen for the position in February of 2011 at the quarterly Board of Trustee’s meeting, becoming the Student Trustee-in-Training for the 2011-2012 school year before taking on the full position this year.
Walls succeeds Maurielle Stewart ‘12, and will be succeeded by the current Student Trustee-in-Training, Michael Killius ‘14.
Walls encourages students to come to him with questions or concerns, to friend him on his “Alex Student Trustee” Facebook account. Besides facebook, Walls can be reached at email@example.com. He plans to begin holding open hours and also encourages students to also attend the upcoming Board of Trustee meetings on Oct. 5 and 6 in the Glendenning Annex.