Senior Class President to step down

The staff shuffle within the student government keeps on going.

Senior Class President Mindy Chidester told the Chronicle Thursday that she plans to resign from ASUU in December to serve a mission to France for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Her replacement has not been announced.

While Chidester said she came into office with the intention of serving an entire term, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“It’s been a hard decision for me,” Chidester said. “I always thought about going on (a mission) but it wasn’t concrete or anything.”

Chidester’s announcement comes several weeks after Rick Pehrson, former chief of staff, resigned because he is considering running for Student Body President.

Several Executive Cabinet members in the Associated Students of the University of Utah have also indicated their intentions to resign at the end of the semester.

Though losing Chidester was a disappointment, Student Body President Jake Kirkham said the transition to a new Senior Class President should go smoothly because he intends to promote one of his existing staff members to the position. He has made a point of replacing exiting staff members internally.

“Really faces around the government haven’t changed, people are just doing different things,” Kirkham said.

Kirkham said he brought Chidester onto his campaign under the assumption that she would serve a full term.

“Were disappointed because she’s a great asset to what were trying to do, but I understand things come up,” Kirkham said.

Kirkham said he knew of Chidester’s plans to resign in October, but left “it up to her to let everybody know when she was ready.”

Chidester will begin serving an LDS mission in Feb. of next year.