Two long-time members of the Associated Students of CSU resigned early this week, adding to the now five open executive positions for this upcoming spring semester.
Matt Strauch, the former director of finance, and Keegan Schulz, the former director of RamRide, submitted their official resignations on Monday, citing personal reasons.
According to an email sent out by ASCSU President Eric Berlinberg, controller Taylor Jackson will take over Strauchâ€™s duties as the interim Director of Finance and Chief of Staff Regina Martel will oversee RamRide operations until a director is named.
Berlinberg, in an email to the Collegian, said he accepted both Strauch and Schulzâ€™s resignations before adding, â€œWe appreciate their service to the students of Colorado State University.â€
Strauch served under four different administrations during his time at ASCSU and Schulz, who was named director of RamRide this past October, joined the organization as a senator in fall 2007.
â€œItâ€™s really hard,â€ Schulz said of his resignation. â€œIt was probably the hardest decision Iâ€™ve had to make.â€
The senior applied computing technology major said he ultimately had to resign because heâ€™ll be transferring from CSU this spring. Schulz added, however, that heâ€™s confident with the department heâ€™s leaving behind.
â€œThe staff in RamRide are very capable people and any one of them will do just fine,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re probably the most dedicated people I know.â€
Schulz also added that, unlike the beginning of his tenure, the new director will have less to worry about in terms of implementing new initiatives â€” including the RamRide Return program that launched this semester.
For Strauch, leaving ASCSU was, much like for Schulz, bittersweet but necessary. Ultimately, serving in one of ASCSUâ€™s key executive positions while also pursuing a second bachelorâ€™s degree in social work, proved to be too much of a time commitment.
â€œItâ€™s a little bit of a void in my life, but itâ€™s a good change,â€ Strauch said. â€œI really need to focus on my academics.â€
â€œTaylor (Jackson) is controller, so she understands the elements of my job,â€ he said of his former departmentâ€™s future leadership. â€œI also left a good filing system, so I think it will be just fine.â€
Berlinberg said he has opened up the application process for all five empty positions, including the Deputy Director of RamRide Ââ€“ Volunteers and Staffing, the deputy director of RamRide â€“ Positive Impact and the deputy director of Community Development â€“ Greek Life Affairs.
Interested students are encouraged to submit a completed application and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org before the Jan. 20 deadline at 4:30 p.m. Berlinberg will set up interviews and ratification for these positions will take place on Feb. 1.
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