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SGA approves vice president’s appointment

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 22:02

The ETSU Student Government Association Senate approved the appointment of a new vice president Tuesday.

Secretary of State Robby Vance was appointed by SGA President Mike Wallace to fill the vice president position that was left vacant when former Vice President Caroline Baird resigned from the office during the Feb. 11 SGA meeting.

“I’m so excited for this organization to have a fresh start,” Vance said. “These past weeks and semester have seen some very intense and often harsh meetings, but I’m wanting to change that. Being in charge of the people who make some of the most important decisions here is a very exciting, yet humbling, opportunity. This semester I want to see our senators really engage with other students and produce quality legislation.”

Prior to holding the office of secretary of state, Vance ran for the secretary/treasurer position for the 2013-14 academic year on a ticket with Wallace and Baird; however, he did not amass the votes necessary to be elected to the office. Vance also served on the SGA Senate for the 2012-13 academic year.

“I was surprised when the opportunity arose, but once I gave it some thought, it just seemed to be a perfect fit,” Vance said. “Serving in Senate as well as a secretary of state have given me great exposure to workings within the SGA, and given me qualifications necessary to serve as [vice president]. ”

Vance’s appointment to the position of vice president will require Wallace to appoint someone to fill the secretary of state position. Vance will work as the vice president of SGA for the remainder of the spring semester.

“I want to hear what every person in the room has to say and want to be someone people can come to with any questions or concerns,” Vance said. “As far as leading in SGA, I’m looking forward to combining my passion for life and enthusiasm for people with the political sphere to create a more relaxed yet productive environment. All in all, I just want to make the Senate a place where people feel welcomed and are inspired to achieve great things and represent the student body.”

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