Daniel Arendt, a junior pharmacy major at The University of Toledo, has been selected as the new student representative on the UT Board of Trustees.On Sept. 5, the governor’s office named Arendt the new student trustee. His two-year term will continue until July 1, 2016.
“I am in love with this University, and I want to further my involvement in making sure that all students are represented and by helping this University mold the future for many students now and in the future,” Arendt said.
The position allows him to attend any committee meetings and to give student insight on points of discussion.
The board really is concerned about what is going on and about students’ opinions, Arendt said. Without student trustees giving the current student perspective, board members can only base decisions on how they remember college or through their kids’ experiences.
Arendt will be on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, which oversees and continuously improves upon University academic, activities and student programs.
“I have had the opportunity to be heavily involved on campus in my time at the University, and I believe that this involvement has helped me truly see the student experience from almost all perspectives,” Arendt said.
He is involved in 11 activities and offices on campus, including Presidential Ambassadors, Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, Levis Leadership UT, Liftoff UT, Resident Student Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
“I really want students to understand that I’m doing this because I want to,” Arendt said. “I want to be there for other students because I’m a student, too, so I want to be utilized as a resource to get things done.”
Arendt joins fellow student trustee Laura Halpin, who has been working with the board for the last year.