When the Stockton College Board of Trustees convenes, two voices speak on behalf of the 8,500-member student body. Michael “Ben” Peoples, a Political Science major, and Kiyle Osgood, a Business Finance major, serve as student trustee and student trustee alternate, respectively.
Student trustees are liaisons between the student body and the Board of Trustees. Peoples, who has served one year, has another year left in his term. Osgood was sworn in at the September meeting by Curtis J. Bashaw, chair of the Board, and will serve as a non-voting member his first year, then as a voting member in his second year.
“As the student trustee, I aim to represent the student voice in the major policy decisions of our institution. It is my responsibility to represent the concerns of this important interested group, which may otherwise go unheard,” said Peoples.
Osgood added that his goal “as a student trustee is to aid in aligning the administration’s goals with the student body’s ideas and compassion in order to create a momentous educational and extracurricular experience.”
As representatives of their fellow classmates, both Peoples and Osgood are deeply engaged in diverse student life and hold numerous leadership positions.
Peoples is a co-founder of the Coalition for Civic Engagement, member of the Stockton Honors Program and the Golden Key International Honour Society, an orientation leader, resident assistant, student senator, member of Stockton a Cappella, a student representative on the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy Steering Committee and the Political Engagement Project Steering Committee, and a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Osgood is a member of the Honors Program, a resident assistant, student senator, part of the 2014 MLK Day of Service planning committee and is employed by the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network of Southern New Jersey. A winning essay won him an exchange trip to Jeju National University in South Korea this summer. Most recently, he helped to organize Stockton’s 10th Annual Day of Service in Atlantic City.
Osgood thinks students should take advantage of the numerous opportunities open to them.
“Whether you have an idea of a new club to start or join, research to plunge into, or ideas to share; there are always individuals here that will listen, guide and or help you reach your goals. My view is that here at Stockton College students are not limited by their ideas, compassion and how many clubs they join; they’re limited by the 24 hours each day provides us with. I encourage everyone to get involved and do what you enjoy,” Osgood said.