Newly-elected Student Government Association president Josh Sorbe and vice president Madison Green were sworn in by former SGA president Teagan McNary in the final meeting of her term on Tuesday evening.
In addition to Sorbe and Green, 12 senators were also sworn in, and new executive officers were nominated and confirmed.
The executive team consists of sophomore president Josh Sorbe, junior vice president Madison Green, junior external communications manager Libby Bullderdick, first-year office manager Amber Hulse and sophomore business manager Sophia Lima.
Sorbe said he’s excited for the potential of the new senators and for welcoming more new senators at the next meeting.
“We have a lot of new senators, so hopefully that brings a lot of new ideas and a lot of new discussion,” Sorbe said. “We’re excited to bring in 10 more senators at our next meeting through the at-large process.”
Green also said she’s excited for working with the new group of representatives.
“I’m really excited – we have a great executive team,” Green said. “They are incredibly capable individuals, and I’m excited to see what kind of ideas they have to bring to the board.”
Sorbe said they plan to complete unfinished business during the remainder of the semester.
“(We plan to) finish our budget allocations and our budget process should be concluded by the end of the semester,” Sorbe said. “(We plan to) finish the at-large process, make the appointments that we need to, and really set up for the rest of our term to come.”
Green said she’s hoping to see her and Sorbe’s campaign platforms put into action.
“I’m excited to see all of the plans that we set forth in our campaign and see them put into motion,” Green said. “I’m really excited to see where the sexual assault ad hoc committee goes – that committee has a lot of potential, and I’m really excited to see the impact that it has on this campus.”
Former SGA president Teagan McNary said she hopes the new senators and executive team continue to work hard for students and listen to their concerns.
“I just hope that they continue listening to students and understanding that SGA does have a really important role on campus,” McNary said. “They can do a lot and impact a lot of change if they work really hard, which I know they will.”
McNary, who will be staying on campus for a fifth year, said she plans to take on an unofficial advising role.
“I will probably find myself in the gallery a time or two throughout their year,” McNary said. “I’ll always be there in terms of a sounding board if they have questions or need advice on something.”
Also at the meeting, a resolution was unanimously passed to formally thank President Abbott for his service and commitment to USD over the past 20 years.
Abbott was unable to attend the weekly SGA meeting Tuesday evening due to prior commitments. McNary and Anderson plan to meet with Abbott to reflect and to present him with a framed copy of the resolution.