Springfield, Mass. - July 15, 2018 - Springfield College President, Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, is pleased to announce that junior Kris Rhim (Philadelphia, Pa.) of the men's track and field team has been named Springfield College Student Trustee-elect for the 2019-20 academic year.
The appointment was made by the Committee on Trustees of the Springfield College Board of Trustees during their recent April meeting and received final confirmation at the June Board of Trustees meeting. Rhim, a Communications and Sports Journalism major, will be the 50th Springfield College Student Trustee.
"Entering his junior year at Springfield College, Kris is a great example of taking advantage of the opportunities available to our students beyond his status as a student-athlete on our men's track and field team," said Director of Athletics at Springfield College, Dr. Craig Poisson. " Kris is also actively involved in the Communications and Sports Journalism major and within our campus community. I am eager to see Kris step into this important role where he will represent his fellow classmates, and proud that we will continue to have a student-athlete in this leadership position on campus and in our local community."
The Student Trustee is a time honored tradition at Springfield College, and Springfield College is proud to be one of a small percentage of private colleges with a Student Trustee on its board. According to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, just 10 percent of independent institutions have a student member on the Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee is a voting member of the Board of Trustees, the primary governing body of the College. The Board is responsible for major decisions and changes on campus and comprises an integral part of the progress and advancement of the College.
Rhim, who focuses on sprints for the Pride, posted career-best times in the 600 meter dash and 500 meter dash this past season, as he clocked in at 1:06.43 at the Boston University Valentine's Invitational on February 8, before posting a seventh-place time of 1:24.37 in the 600 meter dash at the Division III New England Indoor Track and Field Championships. As a freshman, Rhim had career-best times in the 400 meter dash (50.84 seconds), 200 meter dash (23.57 seconds) and 60 meter dash (7.54 seconds).
Off the track, Rhim has attended Leadership Summit and was an editor for the Alden Street Review, as well as a member of SCTV-3 and the Springfield College radio clubs. Additionally, Rhim is also the Vice President of the Men of Excellence on campus.
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