Join the Executive Board

Thank you for your interest in applying and running to be an Executive Board Member of the UVU PRSSA Chapter. Being a member of the Executive Board opens doors to networking, career opportunities, leadership experience and lots of fun!

The purpose of PRSSA is to help students enhance their education, broaden their network and launch their careers.

To run for the Executive Board, each candidate must complete an online application by Sunday, Feb. 17th at 11:59 PM.

To run for office, a candidate for the Executive Board must:

  • Be a current paid PRSSA member in good standing

  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA

  • Be able to maintain PRSSA membership for the duration of his/her term

  • Be a full-time student from the time he or she is elected to at least the completion of fall semester (candidates for the office of President and Vice President must be a full-time student during the fall/spring semester of his/her term)

  • Agree to fulfill the responsibilities of his/her respective office

  • Complete the required application

Election Checklist

  • Be a current paid member of PRSSA.

  • Read descriptions thoroughly and select position(s) you would like to run for.

  • Meet with the current Executive Board member you would like to replace before submitting your application.

  • Complete the online application by Sunday, Feb. 17th at 11:59 PM.

  • Submit a professional head shot and biography that includes your qualification for the position and what you hope to achieve if elected (200 words max) to by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Feb. 17th.

  • Attend election night on Wednesday, February 20th and be prepared to give a one minute pitch about why you think you’re the best person for the job. Candidates running for President and Vice President will have two minutes.

Executive Board Election FAQs

How many UVU students serve on the UVU PRSSA Executive Board?

14 students serve on the Executive Board.

If elected, how long would I serve?

Your length of service will start June 1, 2019 and will last the entire Fall and Spring Semester of 2019-2020 (students graduating in December may still apply unless you are running for President or Vice President).

What is the time commitment for being on the Executive Board?

You should plan on committing 6 hours a week minimum for PRSSA.  The Executive Board will meet twice a week as part of the academic course Comm 4250: Communication and Leadership.  To fulfill the responsibilities of the office, work and projects will be required out of class. If you’re concerned about the time commitment, it’s best to ask the current Executive Board member what amount of time they spend in their position.  Needless to say, to be a successful executive board member, you must be able to manage your time well.

If elected, do I get academic credit?

Yes. All Executive Board members are required to enroll in the academic course Comm 4250: Communication and Leadership, during fall and spring semesters. During fall semester, the three credit hour class will meet Mondays/Wednesdays between 1:00 – 2:15 pm. Class meeting times during spring semester have not yet been determined. There may be internship opportunities applied in the spring semester.

I just joined PRSSA this year, should I still apply?

Absolutely! We are happy to have new members apply for executive board positions.  If you have an interest in PRSSA and have shown your interest through getting involved in the chapter you’re welcome to apply.

I’m just a Freshman.  Can I still run for office?

One of our current goals is to increase the activity of our younger members to build a strong group of leaders for the future of the organization. Go for it.

What do you look for in an Executive Board applicant?

We want you to be qualified, but more than anything we want to hear your ideas. We try our best to make PRSSA the best organization on campus, but we know there’s always room for improvement. We’re not a group that sticks to doing the exact same thing every year. Sharing new ideas for the position you’re interested in will show us that you’re an innovative thinker. We also look for members that have shown an interest in PRSSA by getting involved and have the qualities of a good leader.

How do I run for office?

It is easy to run for the executive board. You must meet every qualification and follow the checklist above and you'll be on your way to ruling the world. 

If I run and am not elected, can I run for a different position?

You bet. When filling out the application form you can apply for two positions. For the positions in which you apply, you must meet one-on-one with the current presidency members for each position in which you are applying before submitting your application. If you are not elected for the first position you may run for the second.

What is the time frame for running for office?

The online application and profile picture must be submitted by Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Elections will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Location will be at announced at a later date.

Who can vote?    

Current PRSSA members may vote. Those who vote must be in attendance during the election.

What can I do and cannot do while campaigning for office?

Slander, negative comments about candidates, and other negative campaign practices are not allowed.  Using the PRSSA membership list is not allowed, however, you may appropriately use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.  Remember, face-to-face communication is the most effective method of communication so talk it up with your friends and in your classes.