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Student Government Association Presidents

About the Group   

The Student Government Presidents' Advisory Board is an organization whose membership consists of the student government association president or student leadership organization representative from each Tennessee public postsecondary institution. The Student Presidents Advisory Board meets three times during the academic year, typically in September, January and March. The Student Presidents group reviews and discusses pertinent statewide and campus-related issues of interest to students. The Board also provides an opportunity for networking, sharing successes, seeking solutions and supplementing leadership development for the Student Presidents.

At the spring meeting, as required by state statute, the TBR Student Presidents meet separately to select three applicants’ names for submission to the Governor as nominees for Student Regent. The selected appointee serves a one-year term. Every other year at this same meeting, the TBR Student Presidents select three nominees for the position of Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Student Representative. The THEC Student Representative is a two-year appointment made by the Governor. The THEC Student Representative serves as a non-voting member during the first year and as a voting member during the second year of service.

2017-18 Executive Board

Chair: Kirkland Pinkerton, Columbia State
Vice-Chair:  Caitlyn Ellis, Volunteer State
Secretary: Daniel Diaz-McFarland, Motlow State

University Liasion: Rachel Tuck, Tennessee Tech
Community College Liasion: Cooper McCoy, Northeast State
TCAT Liasion: Derrick Garner, TCAT-Paris

For questions, contact the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Success: Dr. Heidi Leming

SGA Presidents Annual Retreat Information

The SGA Presidents have a retreat before the start of each school year. Each council can send their incoming president and vice-president to network with other campus leadership, learn about TN public higher education, and build leadership skills relevant to their role as a student body president. Information about this year's retreat can be found here.