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By Anyssa Roberts
One of the highest levels of university governance has opened its doors to the 2013 election of the Board of Trustees Staff Representative.
The Staff Trustee is the voice of the staff in UK’s Staff Senate and only one position is held for the role.
The election began Wednesday with Staff Trustee 101, a meeting for staff hoping to run in the election to hear from past trustees and get an overview of the role of trustees as well as details on the election process.
The nomination period will run from March 6 to March 20 and the campaign period will then run from March 28 through May 1.
This will include a candidate debate April 11 during the regular meeting of the Staff Senate at 1 p.m. in W.T. Young Library.
Voting will be conducted online from April 17 through May 1.
“We look for someone understanding of staff issues, can communicate at a high level and is dedicated,” Staff Senate Chair Mike Adams said.
As the representative body of UK’s staff, the Staff Senate’s mission is to “strive to open lines of communication among all segments of the staff, as well as between staff, faculty and students of the university,” according to the staff senate website.
The Staff Senate has assisted staff at UK by designing and co-establishing programs such as the the Crisis Relief in Situations Involving Staff (C.R.I.S.I.S.) Program.
The aim of this program is to help staff members expriencing personal hardships with temporary financial assistance, according to the program’s website.
Among the efforts and plans made to better staff relations at UK, filling the position of staff trustee is the current focus of the Staff Senate.
The staff trustee serves a three-year term. To be eligible to run and serve one must be a regular full-time staff member with no relatives working at the university and have served for at least one year of continuous employment.
Staff are encouraged to take part in the election process.
For more information on Staff Senate, the Official Staff Trustee election and the staff nomination form, visit the official Staff Senate website, uky.edu/staffsenate, email Kean Ashurst, Staff Senate Election Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Holly Jones Clark, Staff Senate Office Coordinator, at email@example.com.