By Anthony D. Ávila and Ariel Serafin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
At Wednesday's ASUA Senate meeting, the senate agreed to add a new position to Cade Bernsen's cabinet, by his request.
The senate voted 9-1 in favor of changing the bylaw that details the position of chief of staff as the single leader of the president's cabinet and added the cabinet coordinator position.
The chief of staff directly oversees the 14 cabinet members in the president's cabinet, and acts as the "eyes and ears" of the president when he is not in the office, said Associated Students of the University of Arizona President Alistair Chapman.
Bernsen said he wants the chief of staff to be more of an adviser and not worry about secretarial work like keeping hours and processing paper work.
The senate action, proposed by ASUA President-elect Cade Bernsen, was the first change he has made through the senate.
"I want him or her to be like a utility player in baseball," Bernsen said. "They should be able to fill any position and help anyone in the office who needs it."
Stephanie Hartz, an ASUA senator and molecular and cellular biology senior, was the sole dissenter during the vote. Hartz said she didn't see why the chief of staff couldn't be an adviser and still fulfill secretarial duties.
"I respectfully disagree," Hartz said at the senate meeting.
Kathy Tat, chief of staff to Chapman, said while she personally did not feel overwhelmed by her duties this year, she recognized some presidents might place more pressure on their chief of staff.
"I don't feel the position is overloading as it is, but I know the way Alistair has utilized me hasn't been super demanding," said Tat, a physiology senior.
"If it would be helpful to have a second person dealing with the internal aspect, it's a good idea," Tat said. "It's always useful to have an extra hand."
Chapman agreed with Bernsen and said, "everyone has a different style of management."
The three delegates of the Arizona Students Association have served as Chapman's primary advisers on policy because of the knowledge they gain at committee meetings and on learning university issues, Chapman said.
Though he does meet with each of the members of his cabinet, Chapman said his chief of staff works more directly with them and is the manager of the office.
Chapman said because he has been involved in ASUA for five years, he said he did not think another adviser was a necessity.
"But (the cabinet coordinator) may fit Bernsen because he is brand-new to ASUA," Chapman said. "The fact that he recognizes that he has different needs is good."