GPSG Executive Board
According to the Constitution of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, the organization is required to maintain an elected Executive Board to serve as representatives of the graduate student body.
The GPSG Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including event management, funding GSOs, chartering GSOs, and hosting events like the annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS). The GPSG Executive Board is responsible for hosting regular Senate meetings throughout the academic year.
The 2017-2018 GPSG Executive Board was elected by the GPSG Senate on April 4, 2017, to serve a one (1) year term starting on June 1, 2017.
The GPSG Executive Board was created following the 1998-99 petition to the Student Government Association to create GPSG. While certain positions have varied, the GPSG Executive Board has always consistent of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. As of 2017-18, the Executive Board also includes a Chief of Staff who is responsible in-part for event planning, marketing, and leading the GPSG Cabinet.
It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to meet regularly with their graduate student colleagues to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by graduate students across disciplines. Executive Board members serve on various University committees to provide a voice to the interests of graduate students. Executive Board members travel to conferences and other UNC System schools to gain new insights into graduate student life and governance.
Since GPSG's inception, Executive Board members were elected by a majority vote of the GPSG Senate. Since the passage of The Elections Act (2017), all enrolled graduate students now have the right to vote for their elected Executive Board members.
The GPSG Senate initially voted to use Ranked-Choice Voting methods as the preferred voting system, but had to amend this rule at the last minute in 2018 due to technology issues. The first election in 2018 will use a simple "Winner-Take-All" voting system in which the candidate with the most votes will be elected to that office. There will be no run-off elections. It is the hope of the 2017-2018 Executive Board and Senate that future elections will be conducted using the Ranked-Choice Voting system.
The Election for the Executive Board takes place during April of each year. Each member serves a one year term starting on June 1.