Life Class Officers have been a proud part of Mount Allison’s traditions for at least 100 years.
They are the vital link between their class, the Alumni Office and the University for major events such as Reunion Weekend, and class projects. Each officer – whether President, Secretary, or Janitor – has been elected by their peers for life.
Over the last number of years, the Alumni Board has identified pressure points with the traditional approach to life class officers. Even with significant efforts from the Alumni Office and the Mount Allison Students' Union, graduating students are declining to run for election and even submit a nomination by acclamation because of the lifetime commitment.
We continue to hear from existing life class officers that they need to step away from the role because of changing family commitments or health reasons. From a practical perspective, there is not a formal mechanism to fill a vacant life class officer position.
Changes to the Life Class Officer Program were introduced at the 2016 Alumni Board Annual General Meeting. The changes are intended to provide more flexibility to the roles that life class officers have traditionally assumed.
What changes were introduced?
Should existing life class officers wish to step away from the role, they can now notify the Alumni Office.
With opportunities in each class identified, new class officers can be elected into vacant positions for a five-year renewable term. This election will take place during Reunion Weekend.
Finally, newly graduating classes will elect class officers who would be appointed to five-year terms.
I am an existing Life Class Officer and want to stay in my role. What changes for me?
Nothing – active and engaged life class officers who wish to stay in their role will continue to contribute in the amazing ways that they always have. Thank you!
What happens to a Life Class Officer who decides to step away from their role?
Life class officers were elected by their class and, by definition, have that role for life. Their names will remain on their class webpage and in the history books. New class officers and other active volunteers will be noted separately on each class webpage.
How are these changes being implemented?
The Alumni Office has been in touch with life class officers to advise them of the changes and to determine if they wish to continue in their role.
Life class officers, the Alumni Office, the Alumni Board, and class members will work together over the next number of years to fill identified vacancies. There will be a cyclical approach to align with each class’ reunion schedule.
I’d like to learn more about volunteering with my class. How do I know if there are vacancies?
Please get in touch with the Alumni Office! To see information on the roles of each class officer, visit life class officer positions. If you can’t commit to be a class officer position, additional volunteer opportunities such has helping with Reunion Weekend or volunteering in your local alumni chapter, are available.