As of Friday, April 12, the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) has concluded its election season for its 2019-2020 executive board, selecting the new generation of student leaders for the primary advocacy body of the Illinois Tech campus. These individuals will be entrusted to head this vital organization as stalwart representatives of the Illinois Tech student body and had the following comments to share with TechNews:
President: Eric Scott
"Student Government Association has come incredibly far this year -- maybe farther than any of us initially realized. Through some combination of sometimes blind persistence and good fortune, we have managed to not only impress upon our members the gravity of what we are engaged in, but also to push ourselves to a healthy degree of mechanical professionalism and cultural revival. The vast majority of our organization will be returning this coming academic year, and bringing all of their experience and expertise back with them. Combined with a whole host of new interest across many levels of the student community, and the regular freshman influx we can always expect -- I'm not sure if we could really be in a better position. It is my sincere hope (and I don't think it's all too far-fetched, if I'm allowed to be an optimist) that SGA is in a position to reprise the role that it was always meant for but never had: to become the central pillar upon which our fledgling community rests -- and a never before seen force for democracy, advocacy, and student agency at Illinois Tech."
Executive Vice President: Henry White
"I feel very fortunate to have been elected to this position, and I would like to thank everyone who participated in voting. I plan to work diligently to run an efficient senate and represent students from all areas of the Illinois Tech community."
Finance Board Chair: Joshua Bowden
“I'm really excited to have the opportunity to represent and serve the student body as Finance Board Chair. By increased transparency, consistency, and opening new doors, I hope to lead the change on campus that we'd all like to see.”
Vice President of Academic Affairs: Daniel Medina
“I have very high prospects for the upcoming academic year. I have always been a firm believer of student empowerment, and it seems like the university is also starting to head in that direction. I am excited to work with faculty and administration to provide more opportunities for our students where they can apply their knowledge to the real world.”
Vice President of Communications: Katja Berthold
“Thank you for voting me to become your new vice president of Communications! I am honored to be given this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started. I have some very specific goals for this upcoming year, and those include, but don’t limit to, rerouting HawkLink and getting it to become the main platform for organizations to post about their events, cleaning up our SGA website and making all information easily accessible and understandable to non-SGA members, and becoming a more active and approachable figure so students all over campus feel more comfortable voicing their opinions. My private messaging is always open if anyone ever needs anything!”
Vice President of Events: Rishi Shukla
“I am actually really excited right now [because of] what I have learned so far from Henry [White] and Eric [Scott] in the Events Committee. I will be able to utilize all of that when conducting an event. Also, I am excited about working with the new incoming freshmen senators and being a part of their new college experience, helping them build themselves throughout the year.”
Vice President of Student Life: Derek Rhea
“I look forward to being next year’s vice president of Student Life. I hope to have a positive impact on the climate of SGA and the student body as a whole.”
As of the time of this publication, SGA has not released its official voting data for the election beyond naming these individuals as the winners of their respective races. Likely, this information will be made available at the next SGA senate hearing on Wednesday, April 17.
Otherwise, TechNews wishes this new cadre of SGA leaders as well as its returning president all the best in fulfilling their duties with professionalism and moral integrity. As representatives of the student body, may this new executive board serve the campus dutifully in the year to come.