Student Board Member Positions

Student Member—One position open to a University of Massachusetts student

The Student Member will serve for the 2024–2025 academic year as a full and equal voting member of the Board. This is a tremendous opportunity to weigh in on issues such as funding priorities for the public higher education system and quality of academic programs, as well as to learn about the initiatives of the colleges and universities and the Department of Higher Education to address students' college readiness, college-going and college success rates, and readiness to enter the workforce upon college completion.

The Board of Higher Education meets at least six times per year, generally virtually or on campuses within the public higher education system. Additionally, the Student Member would be assigned to one of the standing advisory councils of the Board, which generally meet virtually or in Boston the week prior to any scheduled Board meeting.

Each year, the BHE Student Member is selected, on a rotating basis, from among the three segments of the public higher education system—either the community colleges, the state universities, or UMass. For the upcoming academic year, the Student Member must be enrolled at one of the 5 UMass campuses.

Year Segment Student
2016–2017 Community College Jasson Alvarado-Gomez, Mount Wachusett Community College
2017–2018 State University Danielle Dupuis, Bridgewater State University
2018–2019 UMass Kush Patel, UMass Boston
2019–2020 Community College Abby Velozo, Mount Wachusett Community College
2020–2021 State University Charles Bianchi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
2021–2022 UMass Cameron Costa, UMass Dartmouth
2022–2023 Community College Travis Lawrence, Massasoit Community College
2024-2025 State University Cindy Mack, Bridgewater State University
2023-2024 UMass Upcoming

Student Advisors—Two positions; one open to a Community College student and one open to a State University student.

While the voting Student Member position must be a UMass student in 2024–2025 year, the Student Advisory Council will also choose one Community College student and one State University student to serve as Student Advisors to the Board. The Student Advisors are permitted to be full participants in all meetings and policy discussions, with the only exception being that they are not permitted to vote on motions before the Board.

Application Requirements

The deadline to apply for the student board member and segmental advisor positions is April 19, 2024. Elections will take place at the April 25, 2024, SAC meeting. We will follow up with applicants directly, with the meeting time and details.


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