The Student Government Association represents and promotes student interest in the decision-making process of Samford University by cultivating and maintaining leadership among students. The SGA also develops, coordinates, and executes activities and services for the benefit of the students.

The Student Government Association is organized into five branches that provide a wide range of opportunities for student involvement. Each one of the branches is presided over by a member of the Student Executive Board (SEB).

Governing Documents

All laws and resolutions of the undergraduate Student Government Association are codified and maintained by the Senate Code of Laws Committee. All legislative measures are published according to general topics by title and chapter in the Code of Laws and outlined in the Constitution.

Elections

Fall 2019 elections for the SGA freshman class officers and senators will take place on September 11 in Portal. Applications for Freshman Forum are available under the "Development Branch."

Executive Branch+

Student Executive Board

Student Executive Board includes the SGA student body president, vice president for Senate, vice president for development, vice president for events, press secretary, chief justice, chief of staff, treasurer, and chaplain. The director of student leadership & involvement advises SEB.

2019-2020 Executive Board

  • Heath Padgett, president
  • Hope Dawson, vice president for senate
  • Claudia Stephens, vice president for events
  • Hannah Pellicer, vice president for development
  • Brooke Pérez-Bissell, chief justice
  • Andre'A Roper, chief of staff
  • Abbie Brown, press secretary
  • Anna Hill, treasurer
  • Andrew Waite, chaplain

Multicultural Affairs Committee

The Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) makes recommendations to the Student Executive Board to improve cultural awareness and support on-campus multicultural programming, as well as to insure minority representation in the Student Government Association. The committee serves as diversity peer educators in order to advance cultural competency and cross-cultural dialogue on campus. The administrative assistant for diversity and intercultural initiatives advises MAC.

MAC Application

Presidential Advisory Council

Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of student leaders from across campus. PAC members meet with the SGA president and chief of staff once a month to share news and information and to discuss ways to improve Samford’s campus. The coordinator of student leadership & involvement advises PAC.

Legislative Branch+

Senate

Senate serves as the “voice” of Samford students, allocating funds to student organizations and initiating resolutions that seek to create positive change on campus. Senate roster, minutes, bills, resolutions, and undergraduate organization funding request forms are available under “forms and files”. The director of student leadership & involvement advises Senate.

Senate Committees

Senators are divided into committees based on areas of campus and are representative of all colleges within Samford. Visit OrgSync to file a Constituent Report Form on campus concerns or suggestions.

2019-2020 Senate Committee Chairs

  • Academic Affairs
    • Coleman Reeves, chair
    • R.M. English, co-chair
  • Campus Services
    • Abby Bontrager, chair
    • Alan Crisologo, co-chair
  •  Code of Laws
    • Anna Claire Noblitt, chair
    • Brannon Rouse, co-chair
  •  Community Life
    • Chad Jordan, chair
    • Marlee Arn, co-chair
  •  Diversity
    • Nathan Peace, chair
    • Grant Smith, co-chair
  • Finance
    • Hudson Beaudry, chair
    • Sophie Sprinkle, co-chair
  •  Student Life
    • Bailey Deavers, chair
    • Maggie Mitchell, co-chair

Judicial Branch+

Student Judiciary Council

Student Judiciary Council (SJC) hears and reviews student violations of Samford’s Code of Values and Academic Integrity Policy. For additional information regarding values violations, please view the Student Handbook. The director of student leadership and involvement advises SJC.

The Student Judiciary Council also reviews and resolves traffic appeals submitted by students. The assistant director of transportation services advises SJC on parking-related matters. For additional information regarding parking and parking appeals, please visit the transportation service webpage.

Appeal a Parking Violation

Development Branch+

Class Officers

Class Officers consist of a president, vice president, and treasurer elected to represent each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). The president and treasurer also serve as voting members on Senate and the vice president represents his/her class on the Presidential Advisory Council. The coordinator of student leadership and involvement advises Class Officers.

  • Senior Class
    • Robert English, president
    • Maddy Rousseaux, vice president
    • Stevie Lyn Blackstone, treasurer
  • Junior Class
    • Cameron Hunt, president
    • Drew Fillinger, vice president
    • Gabe Lovvorn, treasurer
  • Sophomore Class
    • Tyler Kendall, president
    • Song Bowers, vice president
    • Maggie Mitchell, treasurer
  • Freshman Class
    • Garret Grove, president
    • Mattie Hatcher, vice president
    • Amelia Park, treasurer

Freshman Forum

Freshman Forum is an interactive, leadership seminar for first-year students at Samford. At the beginning of fall semester, 40 students are selected to participate by the vice president for development and 5 sophomore advisors. Members meet weekly during the fall and spring semesters. The coordinator of student leadership and involvement advises Freshman Forum.

Freshman Forum Application

Activities Branch+

Student Activities Council

Student Activities Council (SAC), a branch of Student Government Association (SGA), exists to plan and execute campus-wide events and traditions. Student Activities Council’s vision is to plan events that bring students together and help build community across campus.

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