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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

Penland and Jones elected SGA president and vice president

Michaela Jones (left) and Adam Penland (right) ran on the same ticket for SGA president and vice president unopposed.
Michaela Jones (left) and Adam Penland (right) ran on the same ticket for SGA president and vice president unopposed.

Student Government Association (SGA) announced March 27 that Adam Penland will serve as SGA president for a second term. Junior Michaela Jones was elected vice president.

“I ran again because there is still more to be done,” Penland said. “I have a unique opportunity since I am a junior to continue everything I have been working on.”

Penland and Jones said they are excited to not only continue what they worked on this year but also to introduce new ideas.

“I have a lot of experience on the Academic Affairs Committee, but I'm excited to do other things as well as help guide the new members of the committee,” said Jones, who is currently spearheading several projects as head of the committee, including the initiative to pay Mercer Police parking tickets by donating canned food.

Penland and Jones are using this time at the end of the school year to work together with senior and current vice president, Shruthi Vikraman, and Dean of Students Doug Pearson, faculty advisor for SGA.

“I was talking to Dean Pearson about how at this time, presidents are usually winding down their presidency, but we are actually working to have a really smooth transition,” Penland said.

Both Jones and Penland have their own initiatives that they are excited to work on in the coming year, but as of right now they are focusing on “making SGA more accessible to the students,” said Penland. “We are here because of the students.”

Students also voted for Student of the Year and Professor of the Year while deciding on the presidential ticket. The results will be announced at Honors Convocation April 5 and the Campus Leadership Awards April 23.


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