Eugene Krug has a job unlike any of his peers on Gonzaga’s campus. He is the only student to sit on the Board of Regents.
During the senior's sophomore year, Judi Biggs Garbuio, academic vice president at the time, sent an email to all undergraduate students announcing the open two-year position as a student regent.
“I guess, in some ways, I wanted to have a positive role in a leadership capacity on this campus,” Krug said. “And I felt kind of called to be in that particular role because there's plenty of ways to be a leader on this campus. I just thought that was really unique.”
The appointment to the position is from President Thayne McCulloh and voted on by the Board of Trustees.
One of Krug’s responsibilities is to attend meetings a few times a year with the Board of Regents, a volunteer advisory group to the university president and Board of Trustees. These volunteers are comprised of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and other community members.
Working on the Board introduced Krug to faculty, staff and community members he probably wouldn’t have otherwise met.
“It’s just been really insightful to know how much they care,” Krug said. “I think what is funny, is they have kind of this hidden role on campus because we don't see them day to day and they're not communicating. There's no all undergrad emails from the board, or anything like that.”
His primary work for the board is in his committee: technology and optimization.
Krug meets with others on his committee to provide updates on issues that Information Technology Services is struggling with as a campus and other related work. He serves to best represent the undergraduate demographic to the board and administration.
“Eugene is an exceptional representative of the undergraduate student population,” said Chief of Staff to the President John Sklut in an email. “[He] is able to discuss and describe many aspects of the student experience in a manner that provides the Board of Regents with a perspective they otherwise would not receive.”
At his first meeting, Krug planned to listen more than anything, but that wasn’t how it worked out.
“What was super cool is I ended up talking way more at the meeting than I planned,” Krug said. “In that first meeting, we went through a mission examine exercise with Michelle Wheatley. We were out at different table groups and we had to do share outs with everyone. My table group really wanted me to be vocal to everyone and share out what we talked about. I just thought that was super cool that I was invited to those conversations so quickly.”
When selected as a student regent, Krug indicated his preferences for committees to be assigned to. He was placed in information technology service.
His studies and interest in computer science led Krug to an internship with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory over the past two summers. He has committed to continue his work with the department in a full-time software engineer position beginning in August.
Since January 2019, Krug has also worked with the Registrar’s Office to implement trial runs on course wait-listing in the computer science department.
Other universities utilize the wait-listing feature in their registration process that allows students to put themselves on a wait list, which is first-come, first-serve, when a class is full.
Computer science students who registered for courses for the spring 2020 semester were able to use this function. If a space became available and they were next in line, students received an email and had 24 hours to register for the class. If the first student on the waitlist didn’t take action, it moved onto the next person in line.
Since the small-scale trial was successful, the Registrar's Office will be implementing the process to other departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Krug said.
Aside from his duties as a student regent and working with the registrar, Krug is also an ambassador, a tutor and grades in the math department.
When he was applying to colleges four years ago, Krug was looking where he would be the most successful. Then, he visited GU.
He visited during spring break of his senior year of high school and decided to sit in on a math class. Krug took a seat in the back, alone, and saw a student who was sitting in the front gather their things and come sit next to him. The person introduced themselves, told Krug where they were in the semester, who the professor was and gave him a copy of the worksheet that they had been working on.
It was then that Krug felt welcome.
“There's all sorts of factors that go into being successful,” Krug said. “I think in order to be successful somewhere, you have to be happy. I think if you're not happy, that's a huge obstacle that gets in the way of being successful.”