Student government leaders at Kennesaw State University are spearheading a campaign for seats on the state University System's Board of Regents. ... Currently, the 18 regents are appointed by the governor. Thirteen represent congression al districts and five are at large. Legislative action would be required to change the board's structure. State officials say they'll entertain the request but won't make any promises. Incoming University System Chancellor Erroll Davis said he would support increasing student input into the regents' decisions. But appointing a student to the board might not be the best way to do that, he said. ...
Public university and university system boards in at least half the 50 states include students, said Richard Novak, executive director of the Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Some are voting members of the board; others are ex-officio. "I think student trustees seem to work in most areas," Novak said. "They treat it seriously." ...
Rep. Bill Hembree (R-Douglasville), chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said he would favor closer interaction between students and regents but wasn't sure making a student a voting member of the board was the best way to get that.
"If they act as advisers, they could certainly have an impact," Hembree said.
Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland), who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee, suggested that the students broach the idea with the Board of Regents before bringing it to legislators.
"I'm not hostile to it," Harp said. "If the regents were dead set against it, I probably wouldn't do it."
Sounds like it's getting a real...warm reception. I'm not sure what my opinion on it is (what did I know about running a university 12 years ago?), but if you like the idea, here is some contact info for you, and the legislators' names above are email links:
Board of Regents Chanceller's Office
Telephone: (404) 656-2202
Fax: (404) 657-6979
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334