President of the Union

The President of the Union (PU) is elected by the student body and appoints an Executive Board of fifteen students, which is responsible for the Rensselaer Union’s budget. The Rensselaer Union Executive Board serves as the chief financial body of the Rensselaer Union, responsible for preparing and approving the budget for the following fiscal year, administering current Union funds, and managing the business affairs of the Rensselaer Student Union and subsidiary facilities.
The PU is a non-voting member of the Executive Board but plays a key role in the development of Rensselaer Union programs, services, policies, and the general student experience. The PU  works closely with the Rensselaer Union Staff, Athletic Staff, students, and student organizations. The derby hat has become an iconic symbol worn by the PU at campus events.

Chip Kirchner 17′ currently serves as Rensselaer Union’s 127th President of the Union.

Year President of the Union
1890 – 91 W.C.H. Slagle ’92 (001)
1891 – 92 George A. Soper ’93 (002)
1892 – 93 James W. Frazier ’94 (003)
1893 – 94 Athol M. Miller ’95 (004)
1894 – 95 Henry B. Voorhees ’96 (005)
1895 – 96 Howard W. Mesnard ’97 (006)
1896 – 97 Thomas R. Lawson ’98 (007)
1897 – 98 James B. Wilson ’99 (008)
1898 – 99 William P. Creager ’00 (009)
1899 – 00 Luis Morphy ’01 (010) & Nathaniel Mann, Jr. ’00 (010)
1900 – 01 Prentice H. Burlingham ’02 (011)
1901 – 02 James R. Fitzpatrick ’03 (013)
1902 – 03 John Q. Rankin ’04 (013)
1903 – 04 Allen van Rensselaer ’05 (014)
1904 – 05 William S. Lozier ’06 (015)
1905 – 06 Herman S. Chalfant ’07 (016)
1906 – 07 George Bryan, Jr. ’08 (017)
1907 – 08 Thorpe T. Walsh ’09 (018)
1908 – 09 Harry R. Hayes ’09 (019)
1909 – 10 John L. Weber ’09 (020)
1910 – 11 Henry H. Giles ’11 (021)
1911 – 12 H. Dutton Smith ’12 (022)
1912 – 13 Edward P. Abbott ’13 (023)
1913 – 14 David Adams, Jr.’14 (024)
1914 – 15 Thomas E. Dunham ’15 (025)
1915 – 16 William H. Cravens ’15 (026)
1916 – 17 Wisner R. Townsend. Jr. ’17 (027)
1917 – 18 Arnold Kamman ’18 (028) & Louis Robertson ’18 (028)
1918 – 19 Stanley L. Burns ’19 (029)
1919 – 20 Bruce G. Mackey ’20 (030)
1920 – 21 William F. Dewey ’21 (031)
1921 – 22 Clifford H. Tyler ’22 (032)
1922 – 23 Herbard J. Gatje ’23 (033)
1923 – 24 Thomas F. Perkinson, Jr. ’24 (034)
1924 – 25 Townsend Tinker ’25 (035)
1925 – 26 William Busch ’26 (036)
1926 – 27 Earle K. Smith ’27 (037)
1927 – 28 Horace K. Church ’28 (038)
1928 – 29 Roger L. Doran ’29 (039)
1929 – 30 James W. Gaynor ’30 (040)
1930 – 31 Robert I. Warnecke ’31 (041)
1931 – 32 James E. Burdick ’32 (042)
1932 – 33 Howard K. Mikkelsen ’33 (043)
1933 – 34 Roger P. Fox ’34 (044)
1934 – 35 Everett J. Parry ’35 (045)
1935 – 36 Willam D. Luening ’36 (046)
1936 – 37 John L. Cotsworth ’37 (047)
1937 – 38 Robert G. Baumann ’38 (048)
1938 – 39 Edward W. Osann, Jr. ’39 (049)
1939 – 40 Charles W. Lounsbury ’40 (050)
1940 – 41 August Geib, Jr. ’41 (051)
1941 – 42 Edwin C. Holmer ’42 (052)
1942 Robert W. Martz ’43 (053)
1942 – 43 William J. Baker, Jr. ’44 (054)
1943 – 44 John J. Delany, III ’45 (055)
1945 – 46 Philip A. Vautrain ’47 (056)
1946 – 47 Allan U. Stone ’47 (057)
1947 – 48 Jules A. E. Meylan ’49 (058)
1948 – 49 I. James Elmore ’50 (059)
1949 – 50 Robert C. Sanderson ’50 (060)
1950 – 51 Walter J. Loick ’51 (061)
1951 – 52 Kenneth A. Geiger ’52 (062)
1952 – 53 Richard E. Schoenhardt ’53 (063)
1953 – 54 George R. Reschke ’54 (064)
1954 – 55 James H. Porter ’55 (065)
1955 – 56 Remo J. D’Ortenzio ’56 (066)
1956 – 57 Norris C. Olsen ’57 (067)
1957 – 58 Harry J. Zimmer ’58 (068)
1958 – 59 Lee S. Day ’59 (069)
1959 – 60 Dan T. Spencer ’60 (070)
1960 – 61 Frederick F. Forte ’61 (071)
1961 – 62 Richard A. Worth ’62 (072)
1962 – 63 Juan B. Rionda ’63 (073)
1963 – 64 Earl D. Sedlik ’64 (074)
1964 – 65 David A. Rowell ’65 (075)
1965 – 66 F. Terrell Jones ’66 (076)
1966 – 67 Kentner P. Shell ’67 (077)
1967 – 68 G. William Criss, III ’68 (078)
1968 – 69 John G. Almstead ’69 (079)
1969 – 70 William T. Jovell ’70 (080) & Robert N. Schmidt ’70 (080)
1970 – 71 Jack S. DeMao ’71 (081)
1971 – 72 Richard A. Spillane ’72 (082)
1972 – 73 Kenneth E. Bossong ’72 (083)
1973 – 74 Steven A. Mitnick ’74 (084)
1974 – 75 W. Stephens Walker ’73 (085)
1975 – 76 Randall D. Fox ’76 (086) & Jonathan S. Sigler ’77 (086)
1976 – 77 Jonathan S. Sigler ’77 (087)
1977 – 78 John B. Hill ’77 (088)
1978 – 79 J. Philip Ulrich, Jr. ’79 (089)
1979 – 80 Alan M. Ehrlich ’80 (090)
1980 – 81 Roger H. Jens ’82 (091)
1981 – 82 Willard A. Sanscrainte ’81 (092)
1982 – 83 Paul H. Scarbrough ‘’83 (093)
1983 – 84 Laura E. (Tanski) Lockledge ’84 (094)
1984 – 85 Timothy A. Frosell ’85 (095)
1985 – 86 Eric S. Gundrum ’86 (096)
1986 – 87 Andrew Morrison ’87 (097)
1987 – 88 Kara Murphy Haire ’89 (098)
1988 – 89 Russell S. Woodbridge ’89 (099)
1989 – 90 Carrie A. Wallace ’90 (100)
1990 – 91 AnneMarie Ferraro ’90 (101)
1991 – 92 Paul D. Conforti ’92 (102)
1992 – 93 Patrick Tirino ’94 (103)
1993 – 94 Thea (Zeak) Jandial ’94 (104)
1994 – 95 Joanna M. (Burt) Iribarren ’95 (105)
1995 – 96 Brian Dean ’97 (106)
1996 – 97 Monica (Loseman) Barwind ’98 (107)
1997 – 98 Christopher DiPalma ’98 (108)
1998 – 99 Christine Ciccone ’99 (109)
1999 – 2000 Kristine (Norgren) Goas Renta ’00 (110)
2000 – 01 Lucas Johnson ’01 (111)
2001 – 02 Arianna Twitchell ’02 (112)
2002 – 03 Zachary Ament ’03 (113)
2003 – 04 Suzanne Peluso ’04 (114)
2004 – 05 Peter Baldwin ’06 (115)
2005 – 06 Peter Baldwin ’06 (116)
2006 – 07 James Fisher ’07 (117)
2007 – 08 Erik Swanson ’08 (118)
2008 – 09 Robert Odell ’09 (119)
2009 – 10 Alexander J. Franz ’10 (120)
2010 – 11 Michael T. Spitz ’11 (121)
2011 – 12 Nicole M. (Nikki) Gallant ’13 (122)
2012 – 13 Jonathan R. Stack ’13 (123)
2013 – 14 Gretchen C. Sileo ’14 (124)
2014 – 15 Erin K. Amarello ’15 (125)
2015 – 16 Nicholas P. (Nick) Dvorak ’16 (126)
2016 – 17 Charles W. (Chip) Kirchner ’17 (127)

* NOTE: The President of the Union number is based on the number of years the position has been in existence. i.e. during the 1975-76 academic year, there were two Presidents of the Union, (Randall Fox ’76 and Jonathan Sigler ’77). These two share the same number.