Chapman dumped as EXMSS President

Have received a press release saying:

Massey’s Extramural Students Society () has dumped its president, Jeannette (JV) Chapman, at a Special General Meeting on October 19, held at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus. 

Two temporary co-presidents, Tiri Porter, and Mark Lester, now head a new eight-member executive of current and recently elected executive members. All will hold office until the society’s Annual General Meeting.

A former executive member, Mr Lester, along with Ms Porter, who was on the most recent executive, are now tasked with rebuilding EXMSS.

Mr Lester, a chartered accountant and a former EXMSS treasurer, is keen to actively engage the membership.  

“I would like nothing more than for students to show an interest in the operation and direction of EXMSS, and that will be a focus.”

Ms Porter has extensive governance experience, is a former member of the Massey University Council, and is on the Board of Trustees at her daughters’ school.

The Special General Meeting was arranged by members of the society after repeated calls for the society to convene requests for a meeting were rebuffed by Ms Chapman.

I wonder if Chapman will accept this as a legally binding meeting? If she doesn’t, it may come down to who has the keys to the building or court action.

Massey University has taken over provision of student services previously undertaken by the society after Ms Chapman’s reports were deemed by the University to be inadequate, and funding was pulled by the University.

Fresh elections will also be held for executive members – including the President and Vice President – with nominations opening on 21 October and closing a month later.  The new executive will be ratified at January’s AGM, where it is hoped a new constitution will also be approved and subsequently registered with the registrar of Incorporated Societies.

Both Presidents are looking forward to representing and assisting members and students.  

Hopefully this sees the end of the troubles.

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