Student Association chair Jones resigns, search begins

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Applications for Student Association’s Legislative and External Affairs director will be available as of today after the resignation of the appointed chair Melissa Jones.

Shortly before members approved the association’s $142,040 budget Sunday, Jones announced her chair resignation at the house meeting.

Jones was appointed to the position at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year by the newly elected association members.

“Due to a lot of changes in the office I work at and their expectations, I have to cut back on my schedules to keep academics as my first priority,” Jones said. “It’s not an easy decision for me.”

According to a press release from the association, Jones would not be able to maintain the time commitments attached to the position due to unforeseen circumstances and felt it irresponsible to continue in the role.

Speaker Dylan Kosaski said Jones has met with him about the discussing the resignation before it happened.

Kosaski said the office, Academic Advising, had doubled its expectations of peer advisors within the last few months and created more mandatory events.

“I was also serving as a peer advisor,” Kosaski said. “I was forced to step down from there as well, and I’m now able to give more time for the association.”

Kosaski said he was forced to resign due to time commitments and because one of his classes conflicted with a couple of the transfer orientations.

Jones will maintain her role as a representative.

“We’re still happy to have her as a representative,” Kosaski said.

The Association expects to appoint a new Legislative and External Affairs director at the next house meeting at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Alumni Lounge.

For information regarding the position, contact President Joey Rexford at jjrexfor@svsu.edu or Kosaski at dlkosask@svsu.edu.