Rector election pushed back

Manzanilla has yet to announce resignation

Rector elections won’t happen until March because Rector Johsa Manzanilla hasn’t yet submitted her resignation.

AMS policy states that the rector must submit his or her resignation two weeks before the nomination period closes. If there was to be a rector election with this year’s AMS elections, Rector Johsa Manzanilla would have had to resign two weeks ago.

Manzanilla was elected in the fall election in 2006 when Grant Bishop resigned a year and a half after taking the position.

Manzanilla said she wasn’t aware of the policy before now. She didn’t resign in the fall, she said, because she wanted to serve a full two years. But she said she likes the timing of an election separate from the AMS election.

“AMS elections tend to overshadow other elections,” she said, adding that she recognizes the potential for low voter turnout when hosting a third election this year.

“My hope is that the rector election is so unique compared to the AMS election, students’ interest will be piqued.”

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