Student Government is one of the most active student organizations at West Texas A&M University. By evaluating issues that affect the student body, Student Government works closely with faculty and staff to ensure an academically challenging University while providing many opportunities for fun.
Three branches make up Student Government: executive, legislative, and judicial. Each branch represents the student body in a different way, while providing checks and balances on the other branches.
As student body president, Edward Akinyemi presides over the executive branch of the Student Government. The president REPRESENTS the student body and is the principal liaison between WTAMU students and the faculty, staff and administration. The president also acts as the chief executive officer of the Student Government. The president is the official student spokesperson for the University at the local, system, state and national levels. He is responsible for appointing students to University standing committees and is accountable for seeing that all provisions of the WTAMU constitution are faithfully executed.
For the 2014-2015 year, Edward has appointed a presidential cabinet. The cabinet consists of eleven student advisors, listed below.
Agriculture Advisor: Hope Sorrells
Athletics Advisor: Abbey Coufal
Campus Activities Advisor: Reid Copelin
Diversity Advisor: Kenny Wooten
Freshman Outreach Advisor: Karlynn Hartman
Greek Advisors: Steven Contras and Taryn Jamerson
Public Relations: Avery Pinkerton
Residential Living Advisor: Crystal Ellis
Theater Advisor: Beth Avila
Veterans Advisor: Jason Holloway
Aerin Coats Student Body Vice President Student Senate President
As student body vice president and student senate president, Aerin Coats is responsible for the legislative branch of Student Government. This branch consists of Student Senate with approximately 35 elected senators who REPRESENT WTAMU students in their designated college or freshmen and graduate students. The purpose of student senate is to REPRESENT the students' views to the University administration. Through bills, resolutions and committees, Student Senate takes action on various University issues and student concerns.
College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ASE)
College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NHS)
College of Business (COB)
College of Education and Social Sciences (ESS)
Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities (FAH)
Graduate School Senators
Student Government Committees
The four committees within Student Senate develop goals that benefit the entire student body, working to achieve these goals during the semester. The four committees are:
Rules and Appropriations
If you would like to get involved with Student Government, consider joining Student Senate. Each college is designated a specific number of senators, based on the number of students in their college. If a vacancy is available in your college, download, print, and fill out the application below and bring it by JBK 102E.
As chief justice, Cameron Tipton oversees the judicial branch of Student Government. The chief justice and six associate justices make up the Student Judicial Board (SJB). One justice is appointed for each classification in the University, plus an additional at-large justice. They include freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and an at-large candidate.When one position cannot be filled, it is replaced with an at-large position.
The SJB hears cases concerning alleged violations of the Code of Student Life and the Residence Hall Handbook, making judgments that REPRESENT the best interest of the student body.
The chief justice is an integral part of Student Government who oversees all Student Government general elections and referendums.