Photo Courtesy of Anna Ardelean
Students elect a new Student Government Association president.
Anna Ardelean, a junior political science major, won the majority of ballots cast. She ran for president unopposed. Ardelean will be sworn in Thursday becoming SGA president.
“The university has given me so much over the past three years, and I’m excited for the last one to be spent in this position,” Ardelean said.
Ardelean said she will be an accessible president to students. She said she wants students to feel comfortable talking to her about issues on campus.
“I’m sure every student could think of one thing that they wish USI did better,” Ardelean said. “Tell us. We want to make it better.”
SGA has historically been responsive to issues on campus, Ardelean said. She said she hopes to make SGA proactive and get more students involved with SGA.
Ardelean said her goals as president are to advocate for students. She said she will advocate for body inclusive seating, more sexual assault and mental health resources, gender-neutral bathrooms, and handicap accessible doors to the Dean of Students Office and Multicultural Center.
The majority of the SGA executive board including herself is new to serving on the board, Ardelean said. She said every year SGA has new leadership, and they always survive.
Ardelean said she has been a leader from a young age. She was president of St. Susanna Catholic School’s environmental protection club in second grade.
She was president of her middle school’s National Junior Honors Society and served in leadership throughout high school.
Ardelean is president of college democrats, treasurer of philosophy club and SGA administrative vice president for external relations. She is in the political society and honors program.
College democrats won the Making a Difference 2021 Student Organization Award for registering over 100 voters on campus.
Ardelean will be stepping down from all other executive positions. She said she is sad to do so and will use the leadership skills she gained from those experiences as SGA president.
Ardelean said it is extremely humbling and a lot of pressure to know she will be SGA president.
“I really hope I can do this position justice,” she said. “I hope I can do the student body proud. I hope I can do this university proud.”
Kelsey McCullough, SGA president, in an interview with The Shield before Ardelean was elected president said Ardelean is a passionate, caring and loving individual.
“She, in all honesty, has a love for USI that is incredible to watch,” McCullough said.
McCullough said Ardelean has been a great leader in SGA and expects to see her leadership skills continue throughout her presidency.
“I think she would do a great job as being the next leader of this organization,” McCullough said.
The newly elected SGA officers will be inaugurated at the SGA meeting 5 p.m. Thursday in Room 0030 in the Business and Engineering Center. Students can attend the inauguration in-person or virtually on Zoom.
Kelsey McCullough will open the meeting as SGA president, and Anna Ardelean will close the meeting as SGA president.
SGA members for the 2021-2022 school year:
President- Anna Ardelean
Executive Vice President- David Bradley
Attorney General- Erika Uebelhor
Chief Financial Officer- Hunter Weaver
Communications Director- Brooklyn Pittman
Administrative Vice Presidents
Environmental Protection- Chase DeBruyn
University Affairs- Kenzie Davis
College of Liberal Arts- Brayden Webster, Taegan Garner
Romain College of Business- Will Bowers
College of Nursing and Health Professionals- Elizabeth Angermeier
Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Member at Large
University Division Students- Jhair Ortega, Carly Cato