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Ben Sharp

President Senior, Economics major from Borger, Texas

The SGA works to represent students’ interests and concerns to the administration, the Lubbock community and local and state governments. The PRESIDENT heads the Executive Branch and is the spokesman for students to the Board of Regents, administration, the community, and national organizations. Other duties of the president include establishing goals and priorities for the SGA; submitting and administering the SGA budget; and appointing and overseeing a Cabinet, Supreme Court, and nearly 150 members of university committees. The EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT has many responsibilities in regard to the students of Texas Tech University, the Lubbock community, and even the State of Texas. These wide-ranging duties include serving as a liaison between the student body and the city of Lubbock, facilitating transportation in-and-around campus, coordinating communication efforts, and serving as vice-chair of the President’s Cabinet. Duties also include the supervision of all Student Government Association publications and also involve a close working relationship with local and regional governments.

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The Internal Vice President serves as the liaison between the Executive and Legislative Branches. The Internal Vice President is President of the Student Senate and runs the bi-weekly senate meetings. In these meetings, the SGA and the senators work together to discuss, write, and pass legislation to better the university. The Internal VP works alongside the senators to see that they are working hard to create the change all students at Texas Tech want to see. The SGA and its senators allocate funding to all student organizations. The Internal VP also works with the executive members to accomplish goals within the exec team that include improving student safety, equality, and transparency between the students and SGA. The VICE PRESIDENT OF GRADUATE AFFAIRS works to assist graduate students in different areas such as, but not limited to, academics, services, programs, research, and grants. The Graduate Affairs VP assists the President and other officers of the Student Government Association in making decisions for the student body, focusing on the needs of the graduate student. He/she also is a liaison between the SGA and graduate counsels within academic departments.

“Decisions are made by those who show up” - Harry Truman

Welcome from the SGA President Welcome to the Red Raider Family! Congratulations on joining such a prestigious and vital institution. From your first day of classes, to graduation, to whatever comes after, you are officially a Red Raider. I encourage you to take great pride in this fact because Texas Tech takes great pride in you. We truly believe from here your dreams, whatever they may be, are possible. This is an extremely exciting time to be a Red Raider. An addition to the business school, the new sports performance complex, and a new residence hall are all physical representations of the progress Texas Tech is enjoying. Our recent designation as a Tier One institution, the inauguration of Dr. Lawrence Schovanec as the 17th President, and athletic successes also bode well for the future of this great university. The Student Government Association would like to be among the first to tell you how excited we are to have you here. As representatives of the student body, our purpose is to convey the concerns and ideas of students to administration. This year, we are excited to be working on improving the RaiderGate tailgating experience, improving the SafeRide services provided to students, as well as hosting events designed to promote safety, diversity, and inclusion on campus. We will also be working on many other initiatives and opportunities the year is sure to present. I am often asked, “If you could give one piece of advice to students, what would it be?” My answer is always the same: Get involved! There are so many opportunities Texas Tech offers to pursue your passion. Whether athletic, academic, or artistic, Texas Tech has a student organization where you can belong. Your college is experience is what you make of it, and that begins by doing the things you’re passionate about! My office is in Room 302 of the Student Union building, and we are always ready and willing to work for you. Please come visit us and let us know how we can be working for you. Wreck ‘Em Tech! Ben Sharp President, SGA

The Word 2016-17  

A resource for students, faculty and staff learning the ins-and-outs of Texas Tech University.

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