CAL POLY CORPORATION
Student Director Responsibilities
The Cal Poly Corporation was incorporated in 1941 to provide services and administer programs that are integral to the mission of Cal Poly. The corporation plays a crucial role in building and maintaining the special polytechnic, high-quality, Learn by Doing education model of Cal Poly, and providing commercial and other services that enhance the experience of students, staff and faculty at Cal Poly. Individuals are elected to serve as volunteer members of the corporation’s Board of Directors, with the expectation that the director acts for the good of the Corporation. The Corporation Board sets policy, oversees management of the corporation and numerous university programs and operations. As a nonprofit corporation, the corporation is subject to state laws and regulations which govern, in board terms, the status, authority, duties, and liabilities of Board members.
The Student Director serves as the voice of the student body and is a voting member of the board. Candidates should be passionate about excellence in education and have a strong desire to facilitate the continual improvement of Cal Poly. The ideal student director will possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills.
Responsibilities of the Student Director on the Cal Poly Corporation Board
Serves as a full voting member on the Board of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is a recognized auxiliary in good standing of the CSU
Serves as liaison with Associated Students and the general Cal Poly student community, keeping students informed on the issues and bringing a student perspective to Board deliberations
Commitment to serve a one-year term
Commitment of time to:
Prepare for Board meetings, including reviewing Board materials and meeting with corporation staff for briefings, as needed
Attend regularly Board meetings which are typically held on a Friday in the months of October, January, April, and May and all corporation related activities related to each meeting.
Maintain communication with the student community in an effort to understand their voice and represent the corporation to that community
Familiarity with the Cal Poly campus and Cal Poly Corporation activities
Previous experience serving on a board or in a leadership position in a student or community service organization
Enrolled in upper division courses or graduate student in good standing
Quickly acquire general knowledge of the organization and its relationship to the University as an auxiliary organization of the CSU
Serve as an effective representative of the Cal Poly Corporation, especially to the student community
Communicate effectively and articulate various points of view