The Student Government Association’s govt board elected its new president in a particular election over the summer time.
The board held the bizarre election as a result of no candidates ran for president final spring when the coed physique voted for SGA officers.
Third-year lodge and restaurant administration scholar Ben Nussbaumer was the one candidate to come back ahead over the summer time after the spring election, which had put 5 vice presidents on the SGA board. One vice president slot continues to be open.
“Not having a president, within the first place, was very uncommon, after which [holding a second] election [for] simply the board … was additionally very uncommon,” Abigail Billovits-Hayes, SGA vice president of public relations, mentioned.
Nussbaumer mentioned he wasn’t certain if he wished to pursue the function of SGA president, so he didn’t run for it within the spring. But as he turned curious in regards to the place, he reached out to final 12 months’s president, Ryan Kim.
Kim “talked about that this function was open and seeing how a lot [he] cared in regards to the SGA was what helped me [start] to care about it [too],” Nussbaumer mentioned.
Nussbaumer mentioned the president place gave the impression of a once-in-a-lifetime alternative.
“I by no means imagined that I’d [become SGA president], however then I believed it might be a enjoyable alternative to do one thing [to] give again to the faculty,” Nussbaumer mentioned. “I began considering that’s one thing that I may do. I may step up and fill that function, so I took it up.”
Billovits-Hayes mentioned she feels optimistic about working with Nussbaumer this 12 months.
“The one time I talked to [Nussbaumer], he was very pleasant, very good and appeared like he was very pushed,” Billovits-Hayes mentioned. The govt board and I “bought an e mail saying, ‘You ought to put your schedule right here so we are able to arrange time for coaching and whatnot’ … [and Nussbaumer] did it instantly. … So that’s signal [that] he’s up to the mark.”
Nussbaumer “coordinated the Zoom assembly that we had [last month], as a president ought to,” Michael Amwoga, SGA vice president of finance, mentioned. “I believe he’ll be good for the place [because] he appears accountable and I believe he’s actually taking up the duty.”
Amwoga, a second-year enterprise administration scholar, mentioned Nussbaumer made the board’s first digital gathering entertaining when it may need been awkward as a result of the officers had not met earlier than.
Nussbaumer mentioned he needs to convey his management abilities to the SGA.
“I used to be within the Boy Scouts and I discovered lots of useful management abilities via that,” Nussbaumer mentioned. “I additionally did Taekwondo rising up. When you get to the upper belts, you begin having to assist educate the youthful belts and the youthful children. [I] develop[ed] management abilities via that.”