Sep 21, 2010

Female steps up as president

by Omar Adams

Bethany Davis was sworn in as the new student body president Sept. 13, becoming the first female student president in Liberty University’s history. The moment came after former president Tim Leong stepped down earlier in the week.

The change in leadership took place during a Student Government Association meeting. Davis spoke optimistically of her goals for this school year.

“My hope is for the Student Government Association to serve the student body like never before,” Davis said. “I especially hope for an SGA whose prime purpose is to serve its fellow students with humility and love.”

Speaking of his resignation, Leong said that his relationship with Christ has suffered, as he had been focusing most of his time on Student Government. Davis said that working with him had been a privilege. 

“(Tim) is a loyal friend and an extremely hard worker,” she said. “I am thankful for his friendship and everything that he has taught me about the SGA and Liberty as a whole.”

Davis is in her junior year, pursuing a Spanish major with minors in writing and crisis communication. 

During her time with the SGA, Davis has served as Pro-tempore of Campus Concerns, Supreme Court Justice and Summit Liaison for the Awakening 2010.

Davis is no stranger to leadership roles outside Student Government. She is the current president of Sigma Delta Pi and student director for the Liberty University Spanish Institute in Guatemala.

“Without a doubt, I know that Bethany has the experience, talent, Christ-centered mindset and leadership skills to efficiently carry out her duties as SGA President while at the same time adhering to the convictions of Christ,” Leong said. “Without a doubt, this year will be great.”

Davis appointed Maria Eller as Vice President of Government Affairs, putting two females in the top three executive positions — another university first. Eller previously served as the University Concerns Committee Chair which works as a liaison between different school departments and the SGA. She is junior with a major in Advertising and Public Relations.

“I believe that Maria Eller will do an excellent job,” Davis said. “She is a very hard worker, an excellent student and a great communicator.”

Davis said that SGA is not just Senate meetings but is here to serve students. She plans to unite the Executive Council, SGA and student body through campus events. First on the agenda is a Domestic Violence Awareness week co-hosted with the Office of Student Conduct and Care.

Other events in the works include a second Pro-Life week and a concert in the spring. The SGA also intends to participate in this year’s Homecoming parade. 

Davis is anticipating serving the student body in the coming months.

“It is a privilege and an honor serving as the first female president,” she said. “I am looking forward to the challenge.”

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