Fortune Onwuzuruike became Georgia State’s student body president on Monday, May 9.
Onwuzuruike, once SGA’s vice president of student services, swore the oath of Georgia State’s student government to step into the seat previously held by Teara Mayfield. The new prez said “it was a great inauguration.”
“I’m really glad to have the opportunity to lead the university with the help of all the student leaders in SGA,” he said. “This year will be a good year and I ensure RESULTS” — Onwuzuruike’s political platform nickname.
The SGA and its supporters at the Student Center ballroom also applauded the student’s newest executive vice president, Shamari Southwell, a former SGA senator, and now-Speaker of the Senate Blessing Akomas.
Southwell said he’s grateful to have been a part of the first SGA inauguration since the Georgia State-Georgia Perimeter consolidation took effect.
“Senators and executive board members from each campus had the opportunity to get to know one another and speak on the goals for the upcoming year,” he said of the ceremony.
Akomas told The Signal that the event was “very bittersweet.”
“I was very excited about the position, but very sad about members who were leaving,” she said.
Due to some a campus politics anomaly, each of these executive seat-takers was selected by a runoff vote on the Thursday after the April 5-7 polls closed.
The new student senate body positions also took effect today. These SGA senators, a pack of mostly Atlanta campus students and a few Perimeter-goers, will serve the Panther family for the 2016-2017 school year.
And Akomas said the senate and its executive board already have some legislation brewing to be unveiled during the fall semester.