Following campaigns that were both impressive and spirited, Maxwell Gorton ’16 and Nicole O’Connell ’16 have been named the Junior Student Trustees to serve on the HWS Board of Trustees for the next academic year. The two were elected by their peers and will serve on the Board, which governs the Colleges’ policies, financial health, and overall welfare.
Every spring semester, students vote to select one rising junior from each college to serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees for one academic year. In their senior year, Student Trustees become voting members of the board.
Gorton, a double major in architectural studies and political science, hopes to represent the needs of Hobart students and be an influence for positive change at HWS. As a resident assistant and workshop facilitator for first-year Hobart students, he sees the role of Student Trustee as another opportunity to serve his peers.
“I have been fortunate to be involved in a vast array of activities on campus that have contributed to a broad understanding of the social and academic life here at the Colleges,” Gorton says. “Through my position as Student Trustee, I hope to incorporate the thoughts and wishes of our students into the changes that are being made on campus.”
In addition to his role as an R.A., Gorton is a member of the constitutional committee as well as the a capella group, the Hobartones.
A biology major, O’Connell is also highly involved with campus leadership roles in addition to off-campus volunteer efforts, such as the Geneva Heroes Program and the Geneva After-School Program. She has served as an organizer for HWS Colleges Against Cancer and has been integral to the planning of the Colleges’ Relay for Life events during her time at HWS.
“My vision is to create an inclusive and open-minded environment for the sharing of contracting views, opinions, and ideas about what the future direction of HWS should be,” she says. “I hope that I am able to empower students to take control of their futures here at HWS by contributing their opinions, views and diverse perspectives to issues of the HWS campus, community and student body.”
O’Connell and Gorton both reflected on their passion for the HWS community and their dedication to their new leadership roles.
“HWS is unique in the way that you step out of your room and are put into a learning environment with hundreds of familiar faces and friends. As I learned about the Student Trustee position I was attracted by the opportunity to give back to this community,” Gorton says.
“HWS has taught me to always remember that we are all original and that is what makes each individual unique, diverse and amazing. I hope to embrace the power of individuals on this campus and to empower the students of the HWS community as a Student Trustee,” says O’Connell.