Saturday, March 28, 2020
Graduate and Professional Student Government is the shared governance branch at the University of Iowa that represents the interests of graduate and professional students to university administrators, state and federal legislators, and our campus community. GPSG seeks to maximize the experience of graduate and professional students at Iowa. Each spring, elections are held to determine the executives for the following academic year.
This year, due to COVID-19 precautions and university guidance about social distancing, the elections will take place virtually as a part of the April GPSG meeting. Each candidate for a position will be invited to participate in a Zoom meeting where they will present their interest in running for a particular position before the delegates vote on the candidates.
This year's election meeting is Tuesday, April 14, 2020, tentatively beginning at 7 PM CST. Candidates will be provided more detailed information about logistics as the date nears.
There are seven executive vacancies, as follows:

  • President (per GPSG constitution must be a professional student for 2020-21)
  • Vice President (must be a graduate student for 2020-21)
  • Chief of Staff (graduate or professional)
  • Chief Financial Officer (graduate or professional)
  • Grants Director (graduate or professional)
  • Communications Director (graduate or professional)
  • GPAC Chair (graduate or professional)
Each executive position earns a once per semester stipend based which varies based on position.

There are five committee chair vacancies, which may be held by a graduate or professional student:
Information about each position and its responsibilities can be found in this Description of GPSG Officer and Chair Positions document. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the current executives and committee chairs with questions. This contact information is also on the GPSG website.

Interested candidates can nominate themselves by filling out the following 2020-2021 GPSG Election Nomination Survey. The survey will close on Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Please direct any questions about GPSG elections to current GPSG president Dexter Golinghorst at

Position transitions will occur on and before May 1, 2020 with terms until May 1, 2021.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Dexter Golinghorst in advance at