Le reflects on time as ASVP before rare resignation

Students to vote in first ASVP special election since 1995

The office of Western Washington University’s Associated Students Vice President for Business and Operations is vacant. The next position holder will be determined by an upcoming special election.

Previous position-holder Hung Le’s last day in office was Monday, Jan. 6, the day before Western’s winter quarter began. He formally announced his resignation in an email sent to all AS staff Thursday afternoon, Dec. 12 — the day before the end of Western’s fall-quarter finals week. Students will vote on the new ASVP for business and operations during a special election Jan. 27-31. Students can pick up candidate packets from Viking Union Room 504. Completed candidate packets are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Le did not wish to speak about his resignation immediately, but later agreed to answer questions for The Western Front via email. He declined to disclose why he resigned beyond “personal reasons.”

“[The reason] is not related to my job at the Associated Students,” Le said.

Le is not the first AS employee to resign this academic year, but as a Board member, his resignation is especially unusual.

Four to five AS employees have resigned in each of the past four years due to personal reasons or other employment opportunities, AS Personnel Director Nidia Hernandez said.  During the same number of years, one AS employee was fired. In the first two quarters of 2013-14, three AS employees have resigned: two in summer and one — Le — in fall.

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