The campaign for West Virginia University student body president and vice president ended Wednesday evening as the Student Government Association Judicial Board announced Julie “Jules” Merow, a junior public relations major and Honors College student from Morgantown, as president and Mac McIntyre, a senior political science major and Honors College student from Bridgeport, as vice president.

“We named our ticket ‘FORWARD’ because we want to implement a system across campus that will move our student body and university forward,” said Merow. “We plan to create a student senate that is representative of each college at WVU; each senator will serve as the face of their college and increase SGA’s efficiency in helping the student body. We want to make SGA the central hub of student life and give students a place to go to with any and all of their concerns and ideas.”

“We will also continue the work of President Capel and Vice President Morgan in hopes of developing a better relationship with the city and residents of Morgantown. We hope to do this by having a non-voting student member on City Council or a student representative working very closely with members of the council.”

The ticket known as FORWARD ran unopposed with the exception of one governor position. The presidency, vice presidency, and athletic councilors’ seats were all uncontested this year.

The election was held at various locations across campus Tuesday and Wednesday (March 1 and 2). The winners were announced tonight in the Mountainlair. All elections results have been certified by the SGA Judicial Board.

The board consists of a president, vice president, a board of 15 governors and two athletic councilors.

The 15 students elected to the SGA board of governors are all members of the FORWARD party:

  • Tyler J. Brewster, a freshman undeclared major from Inwood;
  • Garret Burgess, a sophomore political science and Russian Studies and Honors College student from Elkview;
  • Emily Chandler, a freshman biology major from Morgantown;
  • Jihad D. Dixon, a junior political science major from Charleston;
  • Morgan Goff, a sophomore marketing major and Honors College student from Weirton;
  • Erin Heeter, a sophomore international studies major and Honors College student from Lansing;
  • Amber Kaska, a sophomore economics major minoring in law & legal studies and Honors College student from West Newton, PA;
  • Morgan King, a sophomore civil and environmental engineering major and Honors College student from Charleston;
  • Porter Knollinger, a junior exercise physiology major from Valley Grove;
  • Joseph McGuire, a sophomore biology major and Honors College student from Philippi;
  • Haley Quigley, a sophomore criminology major and Honors College student from Braidwood, IL;
  • Shannon Smith, a sophomore public relations major from McKees Rocks, PA;
  • Andrew Sutherland, a senior communications studies major and Honors College student from Alexandria, VA;
  • Shani Waris, a sophomore biomedical engineering and economics major and Honors College student from Charleston; and
  • Brandon A. R. Waters, a junior accounting (BSBAd) major and Honors College student from Morgantown.

Students elected to the SGA athletic council are also from the FORWARD party:

  • Abundance Hunt, a freshman exercise physiology major and Honors College student from Ronceverte; and
  • Douglas Ernest Jr., freshman business administration major and Honors College student from Parkersburg.

The inauguration of the 2016-17 Student Government Association will be held at the Erickson Alumni Center on Sunday, April 3. The event will also recognize other student leaders and celebrate the work the 2015-16 government has done during it reign. The newly-elected group will begin serving in their new roles following April’s inauguration.

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