First GAPSA meeting of the semester is tonight

The assembly needs to fill open seats on the executive board after several VPs resigned.

by Jenna Wilcox

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will hold its first meeting of spring semester tonight and address recent changes to its executive board.

Since January, several members of the executive committee have resigned for various reasons.

Elections will be held for a new executive vice president at the meeting, now that Brittany Edwards has taken over as acting president in Abou Amara’s absence.

The assembly also needs to fill the positions of vice president of finance, vice president of public affairs, vice president of student affairs and a finance assistant.

University President Eric Kaler will also be in attendance for a question and answer session.

Edwards, GAPSA’s acting president, said Kaler originally asked to attend in November but had to be rescheduled for February.

She said she thinks he is planning to talk about the current legislative session and his vision for the University.

The assembly also has plans to discuss restructuring the organization.

Edwards said their goal is to engage the various stakeholders of GAPSA.

“There are a lot of ideas and energy around how we can work together to make our organization increasingly streamlined, responsive and efficient,” she said.

The executive board created a survey for both the assembly and the graduate and professional student body and is working with a class in the Humphrey School for Public Affairs to evaluate the organization.

In her new role as acting president, Edwards said she is also planning a trip to Duluth to visit the GAPSA members there and scheduling visits to the different councils that make up the assembly.