Principal Sally Mapstone announced earlier today that Catherine Stihler has been elected as the Senior Lay Member for the University of St Andrews’ University Court, receiving over 1,000 more votes than her opponent Adrian Greer. Ms Stihler will succeed Dame Ann Pringle when her term as Senior Governor concludes on 1 August 2020.
The results of the ballot show that Ms Stihler won with 1,771 votes against Mr Greer, who received 741 votes.
Elections for the Senior Lay Member of the University Court took place last week, with a voting turnout in St Andrews of 19.1% of eligible voters, six times the national average.
Elected by students as well as faculty, the Senior Lay Member of the University Court is responsible for external representation of the University and the allocation of the University’s resources.
Jamie Rodney, President of the Students’ Association congratulated Ms Stihler and paid commiserations to Mr Greer, who he deemed an “excellent candidate.”
With regards to the election’s voting turnout, Mr Rodney admitted that there was “obviously room for improvement,”but added that “it’s still a sign that democratic engagement remains high among staff and students.”