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Student Government

Student Government's Facebook PageStudent 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.



In an effort to provide the best service for our student body, we seek your input in this Student Government survey.

Executive Branch

 Student Body President Edward Akinyemi

Edward Akinyemi
Student Body President

Phone: 806-651-2386
Office: Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Room 102E
Email: oaakinyemi1@buffs.wtamu.edu

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.

Presidential Cabinet

  • Agriculture Advisor: Hope Sorrells
  • Athletics Advisor: Brianna Lemaster
  • Campus Activities Advisor: Lucell Hanson
  • Diversity Advisor: Elias Besong
  • Freshman Outreach Advisor: Karlynn Hartman
  • Greek Advisors: Jessica Stewart and Landry Morren
  • Public Relations: Avery Pinkerton
  • Residential Living Advisor: Crystal Ellis
  • Theater Advisor: Beth Avila
  • Veterans Advisor: Jason Holloway


Legislative Branch

 Student Body Vice President Aerin Coats

Aerin Coats
Student Body Vice President

Student Senate President

Phone: 806-651-2387
Office: Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Room 102D
Email: bacoats1@buffs.wtamu.edu

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. 

Student Senators

  • 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)
  • Freshmen Senators
  • 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
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Public Relations

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.


Senate Vacancy Application.pdf

Judicial Branch

 Student Body Chief Justice Cameron Tipton

Cameron Tipton
Student Body Chief Justice

Phone: 806-651-2388
Office: Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Room 102C
Email: ctipton@wtamu.edu

As chief justice, Cameron Tipton oversees the judicial branch of Student Government. The chief justice and five associate justices make up the Student Judicial Board (SJB). 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.   

2014-15 Student Judicial Board Justices

  • Cameron Tipton, Chief Justice
  • Laura McFarden, Chief Justice Pro-Tem
  • Lupe Acevedo, Associate Justice
  • Meagan Brown, Associate Justice
  • Ben Gilliland, Associate Justice
  • Sean Ryan, Associate Justice