In 2022, roughly 200 students voted in Salisbury University's Student Government Association executive board election. This year, a more engaged student body participated with over 1,100 counted ballots.
Despite high voter participation, the Director of Campus Enhancement position has yet to be filled. Any student can apply for the role which will be appointed after interviews, according to outgoing SGA President Andrew Wilson.
The 2023-2024 SGA executive board members will be sworn in at the April 30 installation ceremony. They are:
President: Wyatt Parks
Vice President: Juan Adames Jr.
Chief of Staff: Justice Jensen
Treasurer: Javen Edelen
Chief Justice: Caleb Shank
Director of Academic Affairs: Lian Peach
Director of Civic Engagement: Olivia Ingrao
Director of Diversity & Inclusion: Kennedy Spriggs
Director of Marketing & Communications: Megan Spicer
Director of Student Organizations: Mark Weedon
Director of Sustainability: Madison Cuthbert
The Vice President race came down to the wire. Two hours before the election closed, a margin of only 30 votes – roughly 3% – separated candidates Juan Adames Jr. and Maggie Atherton. Adames prevailed in the election as SU's next SGA Vice President.
Wilson said the election's success reflects the work done by SGA's full body.
"I want to recognize all the work our SGA has done in the past year to make this a more attractive organization to be in," he said. "Not only the VP race but all the other races campaigned incredibly hard, got people to vote and met people where they were."
As he approaches the bittersweet end of a two-year tenure as SGA president, Wilson offers this advice to the incoming SGA executive board:
"Go out and meet students where they are, listen and respond to their testimonies and needs. That will make you the best advocates you can be for the students you represent."
By LIAM MCGINNES
Featured image courtesy of Liam McGinnes