Student Government Association
At Bethel University, you can spread your political wings and campaign for the student government association to make a difference in our university community.
SGA Officers | 2023-2024
Student government association officers pledge to serve for the duration of one academic year from fall to spring.
Gracelyn is a senior at Bethel University majoring in pre-professional biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She is a member of the Bethel University volleyball team, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Sorority, and the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, and she serves as a student ambassador and Global Studies student ambassador. She was previously Freshman Council president, as well as secretary of communications for the 2022-2023 SGA Cabinet. A fun fact about Gracelyn is that she can say her ABCs backwards in under 15 seconds!
Eli is a senior at Bethel University majoring in business management. He is a member of the Renaissance Theater program, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Eli serves as assistant coach of the Esports team and STAR leader, and he was SGA parliamentarian 2021-2022 and vice president 2022-2023. After graduation he plans to own his own business in Tennessee.
Hansford is a junior at Bethel University majoring in biology: pre-professional health, and he is planning to have a career in the healthcare field. He has served on the SGA Executive Cabinet since spring 2022 in positions as chief justice and secretary. He is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, vice president of Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity, a STAR leader, and a member of Bethel University’s Honors Program.
Secretary of Finance:
Jacob is a junior at Bethel University with a major in biology: pre-professional health with an emphasis in pre-medicine. He is a member of the Bethel University Varsity ESports team, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity as the Treasurer, Student Members of the American Chemical Society, and Bethel University’s Honors Program. Jacob also serves as a STAR leader, a student ambassador, and was the 2022-2023 SGA secretary of finance. After graduation, he plans to enroll in medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.
Kelly is a junior at Bethel University majoring in nursing and minoring in Spanish. She is a member of the Renaissance Choir, Bethel’s Honors Program, and Student Activities Committee. She is secretary of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Kelly is also a student ambassador and loves welcoming and meeting prospective new students. She was previously a member of Freshman Council, a STAR leader, and a participant in the Global Studies program. Kelly hopes to graduate Bethel with a BSN and return to her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, as an emergency department nurse.
Makenzie is a junior majoring in biology: pre-professional health at Bethel University. After graduation, she hopes to enroll in Bethel’s Physician Assistant Program in Paris, TN. She is a student ambassador and loves representing the University to prospective students. Makenzie is from Decatur County and loves spending time in her community and exploring her home state!
Chief of Staff:
Chloe is a senior at Bethel University majoring in sociology, and she plans to join the Professional Women's Bowling Association after graduation while completing her masters in Social Work. She is a member of the Women's Bowling Team, president of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, secretary for Lambda Sigma Sorority, a student ambassador, treasurer for the Association of Student Athletes, a STAR Leader, and represents her senior class as a student marshal. She previously was a member of Freshman Council, and treasurer for Lambda Sigma Sorority. A fun fact about her is that she loves to play disc golf!
Stefan is a senior at Bethel University majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-professional health. He plans to attend Bethel’s PA Program after graduation. He is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity, the ESports Team, Student Members of the American Chemical Society, and the Renaissance Program. Stefan is also a student ambassador, a STAR leader, and has held several positions in SGA such as Chaplain and President. A fun fact about Stefan is that he is an Eagle Scout and a white water rafting guide!
Greek Council President:
Mercedes is a senior at Bethel University majoring in special education K-8. She is a drum major for the Renaissance Regiment marching band, as well as vice president of Zeta Nu Theta sorority, a student ambassador, a Global Studies student ambassador, and a resident assistant in McDonald Hall. Mercedes was previously president of Zeta Nu Theta and secretary of the Greek Council. A fun fact about Mercedes is that she has an identical twin sister!
SGA Mission Statement
As the Student Government Association of Bethel University, in cooperation with the mission of Bethel University, our mission is to participate in the framework of college governance and to address the interests and concerns of the college community in order to empower the student body, act as a voice between the student body and the faculty, administration, and board of trustees, and contribute to the overall growth of the Bethel University.
What Has SGA Done?
Bethel's Student Government Association (SGA) has many accomplishments in terms of improving the campus and serving the student body.
For example, SGA has installed two new water fountains in VLOW and placed spotlights in front of VLOW to increase visibility and safety. SGA also holds an open forum for students every semester, allowing students to voice their concerns and opinions. In addition, SGA has traveled to the ASGA summit to learn more about what SGA can do to help the campus and hosted a local SGA summit to share this knowledge with others. SGA meets every month with administration to discuss issues on campus and strives to do its best to help the students of Bethel University.
Overall, SGA has been a valuable resource for the Bethel University community, working to improve campus life and provide a platform for student voices to be heard.