June 13, 2016 by Kristie Garcia, NMSU News Center
Keeping a careful eye on the budget, establishing traditions and bridging the gap between student government and the general student population are three priorities for newly elected Associated Students of New Mexico State University President Matt Bose.
A Las Cruces native and Mayfield High School graduate, Bose took office May 16. He is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in government and a minor in business administration.
“I’m looking forward to next year,” Bose said. “One thing we’re really going to push is building tradition and getting excited about being an Aggie, because even from my freshman year to now, I’ve seen a decline in that.”
In addition to building tradition at NMSU, Bose has a goal of bridging the gap between student elected officials and the rest of the students.
“I’ve seen a major lack in participation, not only with us, but with campus-wide events,” he said. “I want to make sure we’re getting out there and talking to students, making sure they know who we are and what’s happening on campus.”
Whether it is at the highly populated pathway known as the International Mall, the student dining area, dorms or the food court, Bose plans to make the time to talk with students face-to-face. He would like for the general student population to be more engaged with what the student government is doing, as well as what other organizations and clubs are doing around campus.
“I want to reach out to the everyday student, because too often the opinions we hear at ASNMSU are from the students that are really involved, who have a similar perception of the university and similar opinions,” Bose said.
He also plans to use social media as a platform on which students may voice their opinions and concerns. Bose will create a Facebook group that all students can join, as opposed to the traditional Facebook page people can simply “like” but not have the ability to comment or ask questions.
“I envision something on Facebook, such as ‘ASNMSU Think Tank,’ an accessible place with a free flow of student ideas,” he said. “Students can post on the page, ask questions, and I can even create surveys. It would be really easy – just one click away – for students to respond.”
Bose said this is a way for students to engage who otherwise would not do so in person.
Last but not least, managing the budget will be a priority for the administration.
“Obviously, I’m going to be an advocate for students for whatever their needs are,” he said.
“But with enrollment down, it’s important to remember that we need to make sure our student government is viable for years to come. We need to watch our spending, not only in the executive branch but the legislative branch as well.”
The ASNMSU funding comes solely from student fees. The government receives a lump sum, and the elected officials in office at that time create a budget for all of the departments for the following school year. The remaining funds are then allocated to the legislative branch, which handles student groups’ travel reimbursement requests.
The budget for the entire executive branch is $933,000. For his department, Bose will manage a budget of $175,000.
Bose began his career in student government in the fall of 2012 with the Roadrunner Internship Program and has since worked his way up. Following his internship, he was hired as the assistant director of intramurals and eventually became the director of athletic relations. Prior to being elected president, Bose served as attorney general for ASNMSU.
Bose’s aspirations are clear-cut. He plans to attend graduate school to study student affairs. After earning a master’s degree, he will most likely pursue a position as a Greek adviser somewhere and work his way up to dean of students.
“I hope to become a vice president of student affairs one day,” he said. “I definitely want to explore opportunities outside of Las Cruces for a little bit, but eventually I would love to come back to NMSU and serve in one of those capacities here.”