By Jen Maldonado
The votes have been tallied and Rider’s Lawrenceville campus has its new Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board members.
Junior elementary education and integrated science and math major Eric Cotrell will be president, junior biology major Nathaniel Culp was elected vice president, freshman business administration major Fatima Koroma will serve as secretary and junior psychology major Andrew Abdallah is set to be treasurer. The results were announced on April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Cotrell hopes as president he will continue to keep the “strong initiatives” from this year’s SGA committee going.
“The 2012-13 SGA laid down an awesome foundation, and I’m looking forward to building upon that and making things even better,” he said.
Culp, who was the only candidate to run opposed, said he is excited to start his term as vice president alongside his fellow new board members.
“I want every student at Rider to know that their voice should be heard,” Culp said. “I’m ready to work with a great Executive Board and see how we can really change this university for the better.”
Koroma also wants SGA to leave a positive mark on the university.
“As secretary I want to do more than just send out minutes to the student body,” Koroma said. “One of my goals for next year is to get the student body to be more informed about SGA. This will not only increase voter tur outs in the next years, but students will understand the purpose of senate and how SGA functions.”
Abdallah is also ready to make a difference in his new leadership role.
“In a meeting on [April 10], President Rozanski told my fellow newly-elected SGA executive board members and I that ‘it’s not a matter of replacement but one of succession,’ he said. “I intend to follow his advice and strive for excellence in my position.”