AUGSA Staff & Council Members
Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association is governed by the GSA Council, consisting of an Executive Committee of four graduate students and Student Council. Each year, the GSA holds official elections for Executive positions and Council positions.
Our staff members manage our day to day operations, and act as a liaison between graduate students and the GSA. We’ll help you get in contact with the appropriate person, whether that is one of our fantastic council members or a staff member at AU.
Hello Athabasca graduate students! My name is Ross Tyson and I am the Executive Director at AUGSA. A big part of my role with AUGSA is to act as a liaison between graduate students and the GSA, so please feel free to contact me if you’re looking for information or have questions about AUGSA. If I can’t answer your questions myself, I’ll help you get in contact with the appropriate person, whether that is one of our fantastic council members or a staff member at AU.
Born in Saskatchewan, my family moved to Edmonton when I was in elementary school. Married with two children and five grandchildren, my life has been very satisfying, working as a teacher then Principal with Edmonton Public Schools until June, 2005. Then I was asked to lead the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton as their Executive Director, completing my work there in 2013. I joined AUGSA in April of 2014.
I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta followed by a PDAD and an MEd in 1999.
In my past professional life I have been many things, from a Greyhound Bus Driver, motorcycle safety trainer, teacher, Principal and Organizational leader. My volunteer life is filled mostly with Rotary, a member since 1989, I have been Club President, District Trainer and in 2008-2009 District Governor of Rotary District 5370. My wife Brenda and I continue to be active in Rotary acting as International trainers, and active on our District Committees. I play guitar and ukulele and still enjoy motorcycling and woodwork.
The Executive committee normally consists of four members — the President and three Vice Presidents — who manage the governance and business of the Association.
Faculty & Centre Representatives
Faculty and centre representatives act as the voice on council of the graduate students in each of the four faculties and one non-faculty centre at Athabasca University. There are three Faculty of Business Representatives, three Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Representatives, three Faculty of Health Disciplines Representatives, two Faculty of Sciences and Technology Representatives, and two representatives from the Centre for Distance Education.