By Renee Larr
Fishers High School graduate Marlee Jacocks was recently appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb as a student trustee on Ball State University’s Board of Trustees. She learned about the position from Dustin Meeks, the former trustee and Fishers graduate.
“My older brother is really good friends with the former trustee. I found out about the position through him, and then I attended the call-out meeting about it. It was a very extensive process to apply,” Jacocks said.
The process included filling out an online application, an interview with the selection committee at BSU, another application through the governor’s office and an interview with the staff there. Her term begins in August and ends in 2019.
“They mostly asked questions pertaining to why you wanted to serve in the position and what experience and qualifications do you think make you the best fit for the position,” Jacocks said.
She’ll have to balance her responsibilities for the role with a heavy course load.
“I’m actually on track to graduate in three years, so I’m hoping this will be my finale at Ball State,” Jacocks said.
Her trustee duties include attending monthly board meetings to discuss topics as they relate to student body. She also will attend special events.
“We’ll be discussing issues like passing the budget for the university, the admissions process and enrollment and creating strategic goals for the next two years,” Jacocks said.
Jacocks is an English major with minors in French, political science and philosophy. She said she wants to attend law school. She is looking forward to the relationships she’ll make during her time as a student trustee.
“I’m really hoping I can connect with students within the student body since I’ll be serving as the voice of the students. I’m hoping for relationships with Ball State faculty, staff and the Muncie community as well,” she said.
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