VP Finance Rob Deleo resigns at inaugural board meeting

Above: VP Student Issues Neva Bassingthwaite (left) sits with VP Finance Rob Deleo at the first meeting of the 2011-2012 board of directors (Gary Musson/The Argus)

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Daniel Bacsa
Editor-in-Chief

Newly-elected LUSU Vice President Finance Rob Deleo submitted his resignation to the board at tonight’s inaugural board of directors meeting.

Serving as the first meeting since being elected on October 13, the board underwent a lengthy orientation session led by the LUSU attorney, as well as appointed members to various committees on which the board has representation. Director Katie Spurvey, also a member of the Lakehead University Board of Governors, was elected chair of the LUSU board.

President Michael Snoddon, on behalf of the executive committee, moved to make changes to the LUSU constitution regarding board elections. The amendments synchronize both executive and board elections to take place during the winter, with both bodies beginning their terms on May 1st. Students are encouraged to voice any comments or concerns regarding the amendments to Snoddon at president@lusu.ca before the changes are ratified at the next meeting of the board in January.

Vice President Student Issues Bassingthwaite announced that the winter elections will also include a referendum question regarding the levy of a $6 fee to all Thunder Bay students in order to support the expansion of daycare services available on campus.

Deleo’s resignation was the final item on the agenda and was read out-loud to the board by Snoddon. Deleo cited that he had accepted a position at a local company as the reason for his leaving the student union executive.

Deleo had initially submitted a resume to the company in question in April of this year, but was told that the organization was not hiring. When the company offered him the job yesterday, it was unexpected, but was not an opportunity he could afford to pass up.

“I debated it a long time,” Deleo said. Ultimately, he decided to leave his position as VP Finance in order to pursue his career.

After hearing Deleo’s resignation, which will become effective on December 19, the board voted to keep the position vacant until the winter elections in 2012, after which the VP Finance-elect would have the option of assuming office immediately, before the newly-elected executive begin their terms on May 1, in order to fill the vacancy.