CARBONDALE — SIU’s fall semester will begin with a special election for student representative to the Board of Trustees after an “internal error” apparently invalidated election results from the spring.
Katie Sermersheim, interim dean of students on SIU’s Carbondale campus, said Tuesday a mistake by a staff member resulted in questions about the outcome of last April’s election, and further consultation with legal counsel this summer led to the conclusion that a new election should take place.
Sermersheim declined to go into detail about the mistake, saying only that it dealt with the “processing of requirements” for the position. She said the new election will take place after the start of the fall semester and that the goal is to have a duly elected student trustee by the Sept. 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
“It may be a lofty goal,” Sermersheim said.
In the April student election, Adrian Miller of Carbondale beat out Kane Hudson of Peoria to claim the position on the university’s governing body. Miller said this week that he plans to run again in the special election, although he is disappointed that he will not be participating in this week’s BOT meeting.
“While I am disappointed I will not be able to attend the upcoming board meeting, I stand by the decision to hold a special election,” Miller said in a statement provided to the Times. “The internal errors made were easy to make and I’m certain the campus will ensure a special election that gives all candidates a fair shot to run for a truly important position on our campus. I look forward to the fall semester and look forward to asking the SIU students for their vote.”
The Times sent a request for comment Tuesday to Hudson’s SIU email address but did not receive a response by press time.
Sermersheim said her office remains in preliminary discussions about how to schedule the election so that all interested candidates have the opportunity to run and campaign.