Bush School SGA Elects New Representatives and President

October 29, 2015

Newly elected Student Government officialsStudents at the Bush School of Government and Public Service recently elected representatives to the Bush School Student Government Association (SGA) and elected the next SGA president. Sixteen students filed in late September/early October for the ten elected positions within the SGA.

Some 191 students voted in the election, which saw Sean Danielson elected as the Bush School SGA president. The eight students elected as representatives for the Class of 2017 were Cheyney Allen, Joshua Boatright, Becky Calahan, Kristian Coleman, Drew Domel, Eli Mitrani, JoEllen Reece, and Ted Shull. Alex Perl was elected to fill a vacancy as a representative for the Class of 2016.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the students of the Bush School beginning in January 2016,” said Danielson. “I look forward to working with Bush School SGA representatives, collaborating with other organizations, and building participation and awareness throughout the student body. I’m also looking forward to the process of selecting my executive team and working with them to better serve the student body.”

This was the first year elections were held online, a process implemented by Gretchen Koeritzer, Bush School SGA elections commissioner. Students were able to use the online voting system provided by main campus rather than the paper ballots used in previous years.

“Using an online system makes voting more accessible and convenient for all students,” said Koeritzer. “By increasing accessibility, we hope student participation in the elections and the SGA will continue to increase.”

The newly elected Class of 2016 representative and the Class of 2017 representatives will begin their terms immediately and will be sworn in during the SGA meeting on October 28. Students who hold these positions will serve during the remainder of their time at the Bush School. The Bush School SGA president will begin his term at the beginning of the spring semester and will serve during the 2016 calendar year.

The Bush School SGA seeks to provide a representative voice for the student body in the governance of the School. With representatives from both classes and academic disciplines present on the Executive Board, the SGA cultivates relationships and facilitates information flow among the student body, faculty, and administration, as well as former students. SGA activities include working with the administration to improve academic programs, enhancing student recruitment efforts, planning social activities for students and the Bush School community, and advising and assisting with professional development programming.

“This past week, students voted to ensure their voices are heard by Bush School stakeholders, including faculty and staff,” said Will Dearmon, current Bush School SGA president. “I welcome the newly elected members to an organization that strives to enrich the academic and professional experiences here at the Bush School. I am excited to work with these new members this fall to identify ways the SGA can leave a larger, long-lasting impact on this great school.”

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