BREAKING: Jack Whitney Resigns from USU Board
USU Board Director Jack Whitney has resigned his position with only four months left of his term.
USU President Michael Rees issued a statement to Pulp this morning.
“In his time as a Director, Jack has been a strong advocate for the interests of LGBTQIA students and has remained committed to increasing accessibility to the USU for people of all backgrounds.”
“His experience as a social work student brought a strong degree of compassion and real-world experience to many of the Board’s decisions.”
It is understood that Whitney’s many commitments made it hard for him to continue to act as a Director, and he resigned of his own accord.
"A board director needs to be open to himself or herself and always assessing their contribution. We shouldn’t be paying directors with student’s money if they aren’t contributing fully and meaningfully," he said.
"I have been offered other opportunities abroad which would take my time away from my board. My stepping down gives opportunities to other student leaders to take up the mantle on the board, and it’s always a good thing to share leadership."
"I was on the board for a good time, not a long time and I feel like I’ve done all I can in my position as a director."
Whitney counts bridging relations between the LGBTIQ university staff and the board to create the first university Mardi Gras float and the setting up of the Ally Committee with staff and students among his achievements. He also assisted in introducing the first of the gender neutral bathrooms in the USU buildings.
"I would like to thank the board and the staff, I wish the organisation and it’s peoples best of luck, and lastly I would like to thank all the students who voted for my campaign."
Runner-up Sam Kwon is poised to fill Whitney’s place according to section 10.2 (page 12) of the USU Constitution. Kwon will be inducted in the next week so that he can begin his work as a Director as soon as possible.