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Burch and Simpson take SGA reins after Humphrey resigns as president

Susan Walley
Senior Staff Writer

Photo by Glory Attaochu
Hannah Simpson and Barry Burch move into the vice president and presidential positions in the Student Government Association after a short-notice resignation by former President Dwight Humphrey.

Student Government Association President Dwight Humphrey submitted his resignation at 4:33 p.m. Jan. 9, an hour and a half before the first meeting of the SGA was called to order.

Director of Student Life and SGA adviser Robert Cooper announced the resignation.

Humphrey's resignation letter cited personal and family reasons for his resignation.

His letter urged the SGA not to allow this event to hinder their progress this semester and wished the association luck in the semester ahead.

Surprise resignation
Humphrey had met with Cooper earlier that day and Cooper said that after the meeting he felt a resignation might be coming shortly.

Still, Cooper noted that receiving the official resignation only several hours after their meeting was “a shocker.”

Humphrey’s resignation elevated Vice President Barry Burch to the office of President.

Senate Vice President Hannah Simpson succeeded as the new SGA Vice President.

Following the news of the resignation, both Burch and Simpson were highly confident in their ability to carry on in their new positions

Confident in ability
“I was influential in what [Humphrey] did, and I saw a lot of what he did,” said new SGA President Burch.

“I don’t feel it will be a problem for me to transition” President Burch said. Simpson formerly held the office of Vice President of the Senate as well as chairing the student issues committee. She said that the work ethic she has displayed elsewhere within the SGA will follow her into her new position.

New leadership
Cooper said that both Burch and Simpson have shown themselves to be highly capable of stepping in and leading.
He said that Burch “probably will take this as an opportunity to show his ability to lead.”

In reference to Simpson, Cooper said “the way she has carried herself professionally has prepared her for the role of vice president.”

Dr. Tom Corti, assistant vice chancellor for student development, said that the first few weeks for the new administration will be the toughest.

A focus shift will have to occur, he said, as it will be challenging for Burch and Simpson to assume their new offices mid-year.

Changes in SGA
Burch and Simpson are coming in without the typical summer long buffer of preparation for the upcoming school year. They only had a few weeks to get adjusted.

At the following Senate meeting on the ­Jan. 16, Simpson announced thec changes she hopes will improve the SGA this semester.

All committees are now required to hold weekly meetings, which are to be held on a set date and time in order to attract the involvement of any interested students outside of the Senate. Additionally, all committees are now required to have a report prepared for the Senate each week.

Simpson intends to keep those on file for future reference and availability.

Editors note: Hannah Simpson is the Pine Needle’s Around the Town Editor.

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