Voting took place Tuesday, 3 April, and Wednesday, the 4 April for the elections of the new PSG leadership. Winning the majority for presidency was David Wilson, former Parliamentarian, who ran with the newly elected Jordan Theiler for vice-president. In congratulating Wilson on his recent win, The Ranger News Staff wanted to be the first to interview the new President to find out what his plans are for his forthcoming term. Kind enough to answer a few short questions, David Wilson optimistically explained his vision for increasing Parkside Student Government’s involvement for the benefit of the student body:
Q: David, how long have you been attending UW-Parkside, and what is your major/minor (concentration)?
A: I’ve been attending UW-Parkside for almost six years now. I finished last year with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Economics, and I’ve now returned to pursue a Major in Business Management with a concentration in Finance, though I’m also tentatively looking at the MBA program.
Q: What made you want to make the move from parliamentarian to run for presidency?
A: I’ve held many positions in PSG since my first few days as a freshman, with parliamentarian being the most recent. I believe that my holistic experience and understanding of the organization made me uniquely qualified to be President, and I was looking forward to bringing a leadership style that stressed leadership development and facilitation. I also saw a lot of promise in Jordan Theiler, our new Vice President, who I ran with during the election. Jordan has held several leadership positions and is highly intelligent; I have no doubts in his ability to continue to be a great student leader and an asset to the students of Parkside.
Q: As the new President, what sort of plans do you have for your term? Most importantly, how do you think this will impact Parkside’s students?
A: Some of the things we would like to accomplish include a shared governance implementation plan, a non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign for the 2012 Presidential elections, continuing to work with the United Council of UW Students as well as the Board of Regents, and most importantly promoting an atmosphere that encourages and facilitates leadership development and continuous improvement for PSG and our student leaders. Our impact on the students may not be palpable at first, but I have no doubt that if we succeed the Parkside Student Government will be a more effective vehicle in promoting the concerns of the students and improving student life at Parkside.
Finally, I would like to see more effective communication between PSG and our students. There is little information out there about our organization, and much misinformation. This stems from a historic inability or willingness to explain who we are, what we do, and why students should be concerned about PSG. Student Government has significant budgetary and statutory authority and can be a very powerful catalyst for change, but we have to do it as a team, and we need to ensure that we encourage the participation of all 5,000 of our students in the process.
PSG would like to thank the students that came out to vote and encourages students to be a part of PSG’s open Senate meetings that are posted in advance by the PSG office as well as by contacting the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 595-2036.