Keaton Bass

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Auburn, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Associated Students Vice President for Business and Finance

How did you first get connected with Government Affairs?
After working for two years at The Orion newspaper as a sales representative and as the business manager, I wanted to be involved in something that would make Chico a better place for those who come after me. I found that opportunity in the Vice President of Business and Finance position. With the support of my friends and family I campaigned and was elected during the final weeks of my junior year.

How would you describe your current elected position with the Associated Students?
As the Vice President of Business and Finance (ASVPBF) I wear many hats. My first priority is to work with AS Dining Services and the Chico State Wildcat Store at the Associated Students Businesses Committee to develop short and long term strategies to ensure quality products and services for our students. I am also a voting member of the Board of Directors of the AS where we evaluate policies, oversee budgets, and pursue the goals of the Chico State student body. In addition to the work done in AS committees, I am also a student representative on many University committees.

What does working for the AS do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
The year I have spent as ASVPBF has been the defining year of my college experience. Every day I am inspired by the great students and faculty employed by the AS. Professionally I have been exposed to real business decisions with experts who ask for and value my input as a student. The exposure from the Businesses Committee has given me firsthand experience of the theories I read about in my classes. For example: reviewing monthly financial statements, choosing retirement programs for our staff, and designing the new coffee shop in the BMU.

What do YOU bring to the table in your elected position with the Associated Students?
When sitting in a board meeting surrounded with highly educated, motivated and accomplished peers, I find it valuable to keep an eye on the big picture and to inject humor into lively debates. Saying the right thing is only half the battle; saying the right thing and having your audience hear you are the keys to creating positive change.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the AS better prepare you for that path?
The AS has impacted and shaped my life so much that whatever field I find myself in, I will use the experiences and knowledge gained here. Ideally, I would like to find a paid internship for the summer that would allow me to explore consulting options related to business dynamics. Beyond my career, the AS has changed the way I will live my life. In the words of Marion Wright Edelman, “The goal of education is not just to equip a student to make a good living, but also to lead a good life.”