Jamel Porter elected Student Government Association vice president
By Hayley Burgess, Asst. Around the Campus Editor
Jamel Porter was elected Student Government Association vice president at the Dec. 3 meeting after current vice president Bukedi "Candy" Panzo-Pambu resigned.
Pambu resigned from office because she is transferring to North Carolina State University for the spring semester after she received a competitive internship.
The senate members voted Porter as senate vice president until he takes his new office as SGA vice president next semester.
Porter worked with the SGA over the summer to go over changes in Freshman Seminar classes before he left for an internship. Last year, Porter was the 10 Percent Society president and a student ambassador.
"Jamel Porter brings with him experienced leadership, dedication and drive to see the continued growth of the university through student participation in the process. Jamel will do very well. He is also motivated and driven, also outspoken and opinionated, and an eager learner. He is familiar with the way SGA runs, and I will be meeting with him over the holiday to ensure a smooth transition," SGA President Hannah Simpson said.
Pambu applied for and received a North Carolina Legislative internship set at NC State. The internship is one of the most competitive internships in the state. When she applied, Pambu had few expectations of getting it, so when learned that she received it, she decided to resign from the SGA and UNCP and go to NC State.
"Candy was outspoken, direct and opinionated, but always willing to listen...I'm truly proud to have served with her and certainly sad to see her go," said Simpson.
Simpson said that she did not know Pambu very well when they decided to run together during the SGA elections last year. However, Simpson said that Pambu is a servant of the students who is not afraid to be the voice of opposition.
Simpson also said that the transition will be smooth and the new vice president will be just as effective as Pambu was.