My name is Chip Carter, and I was the student body president at Gardner-Webb University for the 2003-2004 school year. Gardner-Webb is a private, Baptist institute located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina—about halfway between Asheville and Charlotte.
I would like to let you know exactly what the Student Government Association (SGA) is all about. For three years, I worked with SGA to build the respect and prestige of its image on campus, taking part in activities and projects and acting as a go-between for the students, faculty, staff, and administration.
As a student, I understood that when I pay my tuition, I am also saying that I put faith in the administration of this school and believe that they will use the money to give the student body and myself the best education possible. It is not the job of the campus SGA to determine where the students’ money goes; that is for the leaders of the school to decide.
The SGA is not a policy creating, governing organization like a state or federal government. The term Student Government Association simply refers to an association that gives students a chance to be leaders on campus through activities and projects that will improve the overall student life on campus. As an association, the SGA a voice—a voice to students to tell them upcoming events and important dates on campus, a voice to faculty and staff to ensure we are working together to improve campus life, and a voice to the administration to tell them the needs and desires of the student body.
While the administration does run the school, they realize that it is the students that give the school its purpose, and they want to know the opinions of the students to figure what is in the students’ best interest. Above all, the job of a Student Government Association on a Christian campus is to use influence to be the best witness on and off campus for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.