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Edward Moak Elected Mississippi College Student Government Association President

April 8, 2013

Ever since walking through the Mississippi College gates more than three years ago, Edward Moak, Jr. has been a very familiar face on the Clinton campus.

Chairing the Campus Activities Board, serving on the Hall of Fame Committee, assisting with the Miss MC Pageant, and welcoming newcomers as the student director of orientation last summer, Edward has nearly done it all. The list goes on.

In early April, the MC junior from Brookhaven will inherit a new assignment for the next 12 months as Mississippi College’s Student Government Association president. He ran for the post unopposed, but still planted signs around campus to let people know his name appeared on the ballot in late March.

Now that Moak has locked up the top SGA leadership job, the graphic design major is already mapping out his key initiatives for 2013-2014.

“As SGA president, I want to see MC become the best it possibly can, and we have all the tools, so now is the time to put them to work,” Moak said.

“I want to see our tailgates and sporting events continue to grow and become a major part of our campus traditions,” said the 21-year-old Brookhaven Academy graduate. “I want to encourage student involvement and create a strong sense of community on our campus. I also want to see the Student Senate become a stronger outlet for the students’ voice and make a strong lasting imprint on our campus.”

Mississippi College leaders and classmates believe Moak will succeed.

“Ed will do a fantastic job,” said MC junior Micheal Walley of Waynesboro, chairman of the men’s affairs board. “He’s one of the greatest leaders on campus. Everybody knows him.”

Jim Turcotte, the Christian university’s vice president for enrollment management and dean of students, speaks highly of Moak and others taking on new leadership roles.

“Every year we are blessed to have strong leadership among our student government officers,” Turcotte said. “This year we are pleased with the students who have been elected by their peers to represent them. Edward Moak has demonstrated strong leadership through the campus activity board and now will serve as SGA president.”

The new group of student officers, he said, “will continue the strong tradition of moving Mississippi College forward in the coming year.”

Mississippi College is a vital component part of Edward’s DNA. His older sister, Sydney Moak, is a Mississippi College graduate who served as SGA secretary during the 2010-2011 school term. His younger sister, Whitney, is a 9th grader at Brookhaven Academy, and could become the next in the family from Lincoln County to become an MC Choctaw.

While serving on CAB for two years, Moak put his artistic talents to good use. He designed over 75 posters and 30 T-shirts used for school activities. Serving with the Executive Council gave Moak an up-close look at what the SGA president does and the steps to make the organization the best it can be.

“We as an SGA need to become more accessible. If you have a question, concern or just want to chat, you should be able to without any problem.”

In the future, Edward wants to earn an MFA in graphic design, and perhaps work at a college in student activities or climb the career ladder at an advertising or marketing firm. He’s the son of Dr. Ed and Patti Moak of Brookhaven.

Other newly elected SGA leaders at Mississippi College include vice president Chip Wilson of Millington, Tennessee, secretary Michelle Ladner of Gulfport, and treasurer Dakota Bibbs of Olive Branch.

Also serving on the SGA Executive Council are: Sarah Arnold of Shreveport, La., the new chief justice, Micheal Walley of Waynesboro, leader of the men’s affairs board; Katelyn Williams of Brandon, who heads the women’s affairs board; and Moriah Chitwood of Tampa, Florida, who chairs the Campus Activities Board.

Photo: SGA President Edward Moak, Jr. of Brookhaven

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