Michael Gentile, junior history major, was hired as the new secretary of student organizational affairs by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) President Kaleb Smith on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Gentile, who is replacing formerly-elected secretary Veronica Camargo, will lead the ASBSU Funding Board in the distribution of student fees into grants for individual students and clubs.
“My first year at Boise State, I was directing traffic and just needed a job,” Gentile said. “I wanted something more engaging and as soon as I got the email with the application I knew I wanted to apply. I want to be very engaged in this community. ASBSU is not very well known and not very many people know what they do. All I used to know is that there is a president.”
Gentile explained that when it comes to a community like Boise State, ASBSU hasn’t been as involved as they should have, and it is his goal to be more engaged with individuals.
“I want to leave an imprint with clubs and student organizations by going to the events they request funding for and following up if they were not granted funding,” Gentile said. “I don’t want to be just a hoop they need to jump through.”
The secretary of student organizational affairs position has maintained the highest turnover of all ASBSU positions with six different transitions in the last two election cycles. Gentile hopes that he will be an end to this trend.
“I want to be someone who is in this position for the whole academic year and who will do it well,” Gentile said. “Even though I was not elected, I want to make campus better.”
ASBSU Assembly and Executive meetings will begin on Aug. 22.