The Vice-President Finance of the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS)’s resignation was announced at AUS Council last Wednesday.
Xue cited the AUS work environment as motivating factors for her resignation.
“The work dynamic that I experienced within the AUS and the decreasing meaningfulness of the work I found myself having to do was very alienating,” Xue said. “In the end, I could no longer justify such a large time and energy commitment to something that made me unhappy.”
She continued to give examples of the issues in work dynamic she experienced.
“The VP Finance portfolio, as an operational portfolio, can very heavily be affected by other portfolios,” Xue said. “I experienced several issues within the AUS work dynamic that disrupted my ability to run my portfolio the way it was intended to be run. The cash flow stall in January is one serious example.”
Xue explained that she had already made logistical arrangements for her portfolio to ease the transition.
“I’ve […] put memos on files that need to be taken care of in the future,” she said.
As there are only around two weeks before the new VP Finance for the next term will be elected, there will be no interim position. AUS Finance Management Committee (FMC) Chair Rona Hunter said the duties of the VP Finance position would be managed by the FMC until the next year’s VP Finance is elected.
“Members of the [FMC] of the AUS will be working to keep the finance portfolio running smoothly for the remainder of the year,” Hunter said.
AUS President Ava Liu elaborated on the division of work, stating that the tasks of the VP Finance position are currently split between Hunter, Executive Assistant Grant Whitham, SNAX Manager Hasan Nizami, and herself.
When asked about whether the organizational structure of AUS contributed to the large turnover on the executive team, Liu said she felt this year’s high turnover was largely due to bad luck, and that there weren’t any plans to restructure the executive committee.
“[Resignations] don’t usually happen that frequently,” Liu said. “We have discussed some of the more operational roles, such as [the VP] Internal and [VP] Finance, being staffed. It’s something that was discussed two years ago and it was shot down, so it’s not currently open for discussion.”