Published on April 6, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Nelson Park SGA President 2017 18

by Erin Bognar

Nelson Park will lead Samford University’s undergraduate Student Government Association as president for 2017–18. He will be joined by three executive elected officers and seven elected class officers.

A record number of students voted in the recent campus-wide elections.

Park is a senior public administration major from Birmingham. He served this past year as SGA vice president for senate. He is a Samford Ambassador, a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and has served as a peer mentor in the university’s Foundations curriculum for first-year students.

As president, Park will provide leadership to SGA and represent undergraduate students with the university administration.

Other elected executive officers are as follows:

James Hornsby, vice president for senate. Hornsby is a sophomore prebusiness major from Decatur, Tennessee. The senate allocates campus life fees to student organizations and voices student concerns to the university administration.

Mollie Master, vice president for events. Master is a sophomore prebusiness major from Rockwell, Texas, and will provide leadership for the Student Activities Council.

Trent Taylor, vice president for development. Taylor is a sophomore law, politics and religion major from Carrollton, Georgia, and will oversee the Freshman Forum leadership group and work with class officers.

Class officers for next year include the following:

Sydney Murphy, a marketing major from Marietta, Georgia, senior class president; and Emily Miller, a business major from Kennesaw, Georgia, senior class vice president.

Lucy Kate Green, a communication studies major from Gainesville, Georgia, junior class president; John Collier, a biology major from Birmingham, junior class vice president; and Macy Marin, a journalism and mass communication major from Tullahoma, Tennessee, junior class secretary/treasurer.

Woody Connell, a prebusiness major from Friendswood, Texas, sophomore class president; Angel Sims, a communication sciences and disorders major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, sophomore class vice president; Annie Roache, a prebusiness major from Cumming, Georgia, sophomore class secretary/treasurer. 

In addition, 31 students were elected to positions on the SGA Senate. 

Erin Bognar is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.