After winning the run-off election against two other contenders, first-year student Blake Tilley became the Student Government Association’s new vice president of external affairs Tuesday evening.
Tilley, a sophomore finance and accounting major, was sworn into his new position following the official vote of confidence.
Tilley will replace former Vice President of External Affairs Hillary Shepheard, who stepped down from her position last week. Tilley won the seat over Matt Spangler, a junior finance major, and Larissa Bogle, a junior political science and fashion merchandising double major.
Tilley’s term as vice president of external affairs will last until elections for new officers take place in early April. In his two-month term in office, he hopes to further reach out to the student body and the Fort Worth community.
“Not only could I transition well, I could transition fast,” Tilley said of his hopes for his tenure. “I would be able to go to work tonight.”
As a first year, Tilley was part of the Frog Aides program and also served as administrative assistant for the House. Before taking on his new role, Tilley was the John V. Roach Honors College representative and SGA Chief of Staff. In addition, he served as the advance team director for the 2013 Big 12 SGA conference.
“Since the first day I stepped on to TCU’s campus, my priorities have been academics, SGA [and then] everything else. And even then, the line’s been blurry sometimes,” Tilley said.
Later in the meeting, the House passed a bill that calls for several updates to the Student Body Code (SBC). The bill, headed by Elections and Regulations Committee Chair Emily Rodenbach, passed with 91 percent in favor.
Various changes of the SBC included expanding the Cabinet membership to include the SGA Chief of Staff and Frog Aides director; extending the time limit a president has to appoint someone to an empty House seat; updating the descriptions of student body officers and increasing officers’ spending allowances from $100 to $500. In addition, several chapters of the SBC were either deleted or merged with other descriptions.
Five new representatives were sworn in to the House. First-year graphic design major Cody Cox and first-year studio art and political-science double major Allegra Hernandez became representatives of the College of Fine Arts.
Sophomore communication-studies major Chase Haller and first-year strategic communications major Lauren Buchholz were sworn in as representatives of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Mohamad Sharaf, a first-year business entrepreneurship major, became a Neeley School of Business representative.
First-year business major Ryker Thompson has been appointed to fill Tilley’s now-vacant seat as a John V. Roach Honors College representative, Rodenbach confirmed via email.