My name is Jay Todd Richey and I am your 2016-2017 Student Body President. As the official representative of over 20,000 students, I am humbled and honored to serve in this office.
At WKU, every student understands the importance of dedication to and passion for pursuing their dreams, an ethic known to us in that timeless creed, “The Spirit Makes the Master.” As the WKU Student Government Association, we are dedicated to and passionate about serving the student body. Campus safety, college affordability, minority inclusion, Organizational Aid funding, sustainability efforts, academic scholarships, and so much more — all are examples of the tireless efforts SGA members undertake on behalf of the students of this university. Perhaps most importantly, we want all Hilltoppers to know that SGA is the only organization on campus that is solely dedicated to representing the interests of the student body and doing all that it can to ensure that each student's experience on the Hill is vibrant, engaging, and unforgettable.
The WKU Student Government Association may often be torn on what policies to pursue or what decisions are made with students’ best interests in mind. As your president, I am committed to resolving differences when I can, taking a firm stand when I cannot, and devoting all of my energy in the upcoming year to fighting on your behalf. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about student life or WKU in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me @JayToddR on Twitter.
Our weekly SGA meetings are open to the public, and we welcome all students who wish to voice their opinion on any topic concerning WKU. The Student Senate meetings are held each Tuesday at 5 PM in the Student Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Downing Student Union. I strongly encourage you to visit and learn more about how university decisions — decisions that impact your lives — are made.
I will close with a quote from my favorite American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
While FDR was speaking about the United States, I believe the same principle applies to SGA. As the students of WKU, we have the right to represent ourselves and play a role in governing our university, rather than simply taking orders from those at the top. It is essential that we use this opportunity to its fullest potential and, together, I believe we can.
Jay Todd Richey
Student Body President and Student Regent
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