The new role of 2015-16 CUAB president will be filled by junior Merrick Osborne. The new chairman of the Union Board of Directors has yet to be appointed.
“We are splitting the role so the chair of the Board of Directors can focus on the board and the Carolina community, and then the CUAB board president can focus on CUAB,” said Megan Johnson, associate director of communications and creative services at the Carolina Union.
Current Union president Gabe Chess, who currently also presides over the Union Board of Directors as well as CUAB, said he believes the role will be better served by two people.
“I’m excited for both areas to have someone really dedicated to them,” Chess said. “I think CUAB especially is really going to benefit from having someone who is just focused on CUAB.”
Osborne has already been on two boards for CUAB and has developed strong relationships with everyone in the office, Chess said.
“This has been a powerful experience for me, and that’s something I know I can’t really get anywhere else. I’m looking forward to seeing that culminate next year,” he said.
Osborne said the homecoming concerts in 2013 and 2014 — neither of which sold out — were good lessons he learned from.
“Each of them had potential, but there’s something missing. There’s a link missing, and finding that isn’t as easy as saying we need to do this and we need to do that,” he said.