Student Government Association

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 2017 elections for freshman class officers and senators will take place on September 13 in Portal. Campaigning will begin September 6. Interested candidates must complete an application between August 28-September 1 and attend a mandatory candidate meeting prior to campaigning.

Student Executive Board Application

Senate/Class Officer Application

Student Executive Board Appointed Position Application

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.

2017-2018 Executive Board

  • Nelson Park, president
  • James Hornsby, vice president for senate
  • Mollie Master, vice president for events
  • Trent Taylor, vice president for development
  • Lilla Bea Granger, chief justice
  • Claire McKee, chief of staff
  • Elizabeth Sturgeon, press secretary
  • Reed McMullan, treasurer
  • Max Josephs, chaplain

Multicultural Affairs Committee

The Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) is an ad-hoc committee to the Office of the President. The purpose of MAC is to make 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 coordinator of 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.

2016-2017 Senate Committee Chairs

  • Academic Affairs
    • Sam Rogers, chair
    • Macy Wigginton, co-chair
  • Campus Services
    • Emily Praktish, chair
    • Amy Small, co-chair
  •  Code of Laws
    • Stone Hendrickson, chair
    • Austin Eubanks, co-chair
  • Finance
    • Sarah Summa, chair
    • Grant Gardner, co-chair
  •  Public Relations
    • Claire McKee, chair
    • Abigail Jackson, co-chair
  •  Residence Life
    • Alaina Avery, chair
    • James Hornsby, co-chair
  •  Student Life
    • Julia Phillips, chair
    • Lacey Hughes, co-chair

Judicial Branch+

Student Judiciary Council

Student Judiciary Council (SJC) hears and reviews student violations of Samford’s Code of Values. For additional information regarding values violations, please view the Student Handbook. The assistant vice president for student development 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 secretary/treasurer elected to represent each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). The president and vice president also serve as voting members on Senate and the secretary/treasurer represents his/her class on the Presidential Advisory Council. The coordinator of student leadership and involvement advises Class Officers.

  • Senior Class
    • Sydney Murphy, president
    • Emily Miller, vice president
    • TBD, secretary/treasurer
  • Junior Class
    • Lucy Kate Green, president
    • John Collier, vice president
    • Macy Marin, secretary/treasurer
  • Sophomore Class
    • Woody Connell, president
    • Angel Sims, vice president
    • Annie Roache, secretary/treasurer
  • Freshman Class
    • TBD, president
    • TBD, vice president
    • TBD, secretary/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) plans and executes campus-wide events and programs throughout the year, including Welcome Back Week, Homecoming, Lighting of the Way, and Thursday night concerts in Harry’s Coffeehouse. The coordinator of student activities & events advises SAC.

  • Annual Events Directors
    • Elizabeth Bragg
    • Aimee Dykes
  • Special Events Directors
    • Julia Jackson
    • Morgan Quisenberry
  • Musical Entertainment Directors
    • Savannah Holaday
    • Marie Whitmire

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