Q&A with your new EC President

Wilson Miller, ’17

Q: What are you most looking forward to, in terms of the EC, in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year?
A: We have three outstanding officers and great people running for representative positions. We can capitalize on new ideas offered by the different campaigns and advance existing efforts to increase Honor System education and make our campus a safer and more welcoming place. This is also a Constitutional Review year and I look forward to seeing proposals that will make our existing system of student self-governance stronger.

Q: What do you foresee as the EC’s greatest challenge for the 2016-2017 school year?
A: We want to hear from students on a regular basis. Most of our open business meetings have no attendance from members of the student body. We hope to counteract this problem by holding business meetings in central campus locations once a month. This might include the third-year housing village, the law school, Commons, the Sorority Houses, and the Global Service House.
Q: Your platform mentions the need to ensure effective implementation of the new budget policy? Can you explain this in more detail, and how do you plan to ensure this?
A:  The new budget policy is a huge advance for our handling of student organization recognition and budget allocations. It adds a lot of clarity to our process and provides more resources for student organization leaders. Having worked closely with student leaders on these issues, I want to follow through with this effort and ensure all of these benefits are put in place as soon as possible.
Q: What have you learned from your different positions on the EC that will benefit you in your role as President?

A: I have a strong understanding of the difficulties that come along with each position and and am ready to support other members of the EC as they represent their classmates and pursue their ideas. It has been my goal in each of my positions to set up my successor to do better than I did by documenting the difficulties I encountered so that they might be avoided in the future.

Q: What is something the student body may not know about you?

A: I cared for a baby alligator for a couple of weeks as a child until it ran away.

Q: Anything else?
A: Driving under the influence is a dangerous crime that threatens the lives of everyone in this community. Law students and undergraduates alike must do what they can to stop this irresponsible behavior because it has no place at Washington and Lee. It is my hope that all students will promote responsible behavior and increasingly work with the Promise Committee to change the campus climate on this issue.