Board of Directors

What is the SMUSA Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is the highest governing body of the Association as defined by the SMUSA Constitution, a governing document that can only be changed by a referendum.

The Board consists of up to nine students who are elected from the membership to serve for a term of two years. It is tasked with setting the Association’s direction every year and holding the President accountable to fulfill the Board’s vision. The Board is structured under a Policy Governance Model whereas Board members author and amend policy consisting of:

  1. Executive Limitations – policies that optimize empowerment for management by setting limits
  2. Governance Process – policies that determine the Board’s scope
  3. Board-Management Delegation – linking governance to the President
  4. Ends Policies – the real bottom-line defining what the organization is for and not what it does

The President acts as the Chief Executive Officer and interprets active policies in the day-to-day management of the Association. The Board focuses solely on the future and not the past or present. The Board’s mandate is to establish policy to ensure your Students’ Association is continually working to improve the quality of life and educational experience for each student at Saint Mary’s University.

Meeting Archives

Click here to view video archives and minutes from the Board of Directors’ meetings.

Policies

Click here to access all of SMUSA’s policies!

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Joshua Sydney

Joshua Sydney

Chair & Chief Governance Officer

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee (non-voting)
  • Finance Committee (non-voting)
  • Society Committee (non-voting)
Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson

Vice Chair

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee
  • Elections Committee
Joshua Lafond

Joshua Lafond

Board of Governors Representative & Society Committee Chair

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee 
  • Society Committee 
Brian Tumusiime

Brian Tumusiime

Academic Senate Representative & Finance Committee Chair

Committees
  • Finance Committee
  • Society Committee 
Adam Snow

Adam Snow

HR & Governance Committee Chair

Committees
  • Finance Committee
  • HR & Governance Committee 
Mihika Mihika

Mihika Mihika

Academic Senate Representative

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Elections Committee 
Miyah Basden

Miyah Basden

Board Member

Committees
  • Finance Committee 
  • HR & Governance Committee
Pearl Buyanzi

Pearl Buyanzi

Board Member

Committees
  • Finance Committee 
Abhinav Gaur

Abhinav Gaur

Elections Committee Chair

Committees
  • Elections Committee