This archived article was written by: Jonathon Fox
New leadership was chosen through a process of interviews and activities in which advisors and current student leaders observed and evaluated those who had applied for positions next year.
To begin, potential student leaders were taken into a board room to be interviewed by a panel of advisors. Standing on a strip of tape before eight individuals, the panel had the opportunity to ask questions to get to know the candidate.
To be a student leader, it is essential to be able to work with a group of one’s peers. After this initial interview, they were taken into the alumni room to be separated into groups. Each group was given the challenge of planning a school activity for USU Eastern. Students also had to come up with a marketing campaign for the activity.
They were given no budget, “we wanted them to be as creative as possible, with no restrictions to that creativity,” says Greg Dart, the mastermind behind the interview process. True to Dart’s vision, the applicants presented wildly creative ideas, as well as demonstrated their ability to work well in groups.
The most revolutionary part of this interview process was the collaboration of all the leadership departments at Eastern. Ambassadors, Residential Life, Sun Center and ESA all worked together to fill each department with the best suited applicants.
Applicants were evaluated and student leaders for next year’s leadership teams were chosen. The advisors made an effort to keep in mind the applicant’s strengths and the demands of the various positions.