World Campus students elect student government leaders for 2020-21

May 01, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus students have elected 10 student leaders to represent them in the 2020-21 school year.

The incumbent president of the World Campus Student Government Association, Sean Walsh, was re-elected to the position he won in the inaugural election in 2019. Stacy White, who held a committee chair position last year, was elected as the vice president.

Penn State World Campus students voted in the World Campus Student Government Association election the week of April 20 for five positions on the executive board and for five committee chair roles. The 10 student leaders who won election will begin their terms in June.

The government, which formed in April 2019, advocates for the interests and concerns of World Campus’s more than 14,000 online learners to enhance their student experience. 

Walsh said he is looking forward to continuing the work the government started in its first year.

“In our inaugural year, the World Campus Student Government Association spent most of our term establishing solid relationships with the University’s administration, faculty, staff, and the other student governments,” Walsh said. “Our goals for this academic year align around four categories of improvement: engagement, affordability, accessibility, and communication. We want to discover ways to engage our colleagues in their Penn State journey. Most importantly, we want to listen to the concerns and suggestions shared with us by the World Campus student body.”

Walsh, of State College, Pennsylvania, is working toward a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology.

White, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is working toward a bachelor’s in psychology. She has served as the student affairs committee chair since last year.

The Student Government Association is supported by the Penn State World Student Affairs office. Director Ashley Adams said the government continues the University’s legacy of including students in its governance.

“We are pleased to see the World Campus Student Government Association continue its efforts to help ensure online learners are full participants in the Penn State community,” Adams said. “We look forward to working with the government as the new officers begin their term.”

The winners of the offices that will form the executive board of the World Campus Student Government Association are:

  • Sean Walsh, president
  • Stacy White, vice president
  • Johanna Welsh, speaker of the assembly
  • Leena Khuffash, secretary
  • Andrew Herr, treasurer

The winners of the committee elections are:

  • Bonnie Biggs, academic affairs committee chair
  • Jay Harrell, governmental affairs committee chair
  • Caressa Gentile, marketing committee chair
  • Janice Manzano, student affairs committee chair
  • Carmina Perez, technology committee chair

Visit the Penn State World Campus student website for more information about the student government.

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Last Updated May 06, 2020