Creech to remain acting president of SGA following Pope’s resignation
SGA Vice President Lydia Creech (second from left) became acting president this June, following the resignation of Carson Pope. She is joined here by SGA Treasurer Daniel Epler, Secretary Nicole Hall, Constitution and Elections Chair Missy Rolseth, and Speaker of the Senate Isaac Coronel. PHOTO COURTESY OF LYDIA CREECH.
BY JESSE CALVERT
Westminster’s Student Government Association (SGA) recently underwent senatorial and class presidential elections, bringing in a group of new representatives. In November, students will elect five executive officers. One student, though, transitioned into a new position in the SGA during the summer.
Lydia Creech, ’19, who was elected SGA vice president last fall, assumed the role of acting president this June, when Carson Pope resigned from the presidency for personal reasons.
“I definitely was not expecting to take on the role of president,” Creech Said. “We had to figure out what to do. SGA has never had this happen before.”
The SGA constitution states that if the president becomes unable to perform the duties required of the president, the vice president will be responsible for performing those duties. Therefore, Creech automatically became acting president when Pope resigned.
“I didn’t want it to be an executive decision; I wanted to have other people’s opinions.”
The constitution also says that if an executive office is made vacant, an election is to be held within a month of when the vacancy is first known, in order to fill the position. However, it mentions nothing about summer elections.
“I took a few days to think about it, and I decided that I wanted to talk to the senate and let them decide whether to have a re-election ,” Creech said, adding, “I didn’t want it to be an executive decision; I wanted to have other people’s opinions.”
Creech brought the question of a potential election forward during the first SGA meeting of the semester. Every senator expressed confidence in Creech serving as president, despite not being formally elected, because of her experience as vice president. Creech will thus remain both vice president and acting president until the November elections.
“… I want to listen to all students and take their concerns to the administration instead of my own.”
Just as Creech said she is concerned about the views of SGA’s senators, she also says she is concerned about the views of the entire Westminster student body.
“SGA is a group of people who are passionate about the success of Westminster, and who desire to see transparency and honesty between the students, faculty, and administration,” she said. “We aren’t the voice for the entire student body; we are only a small portion of that. But, I want to listen to all students and take their concerns to the administration instead of my own.