Mississippi College

Josh Carver Elected Student Government Association President

April 2, 2012

Josh Carver of Leland will take the oath of office April 10 to become Mississippi College’s new Student Government Association president.

Active with the Campus Activities Board, the MC Scouts, and a leader of the university’s sporting clays target club last year, Carver recently won the SGA election on the Clinton campus.

Carver will succeed outgoing SGA President Taylor Stringer of Tylertown.

“I’m excited about working with the MC administration and being the voice of student government,” Carver said.

A business administration major, the Deltan brings plenty of experience as a student leader. A 2009 graduate of Greenville Christian School, he served as his high school’s student body president during his senior year. He’s also been active with MC’s Rotaract men’s club.

Josh hopes to pursue a master’s degree in forestry and wildlife studies after he completes his MC studies in 2013 and then become a government researcher.

Carver is the first in his family to attend Mississippi College and says he thoroughly enjoys his undergraduate experience at the Christian university. “I like the atmosphere,” he says. “The students and faculty are so accepting.”

Taylor predicts his successor on the Clinton campus will be a very effective leader over the next year.

“He has the potential to make MC a better place for all students,” Stringer said. “I feel like he will do a great job as SGA president.”

As an orientation leader, member of a service club, and member of the Campus Activities Board for several years, “Josh knows Mississippi College,” Stringer said.

Asked about his year’s service as SGA president, Stringer said the post has allowed him to serve on many committees and “build relationships with faculty and staff that will last a lifetime.”

And while there were a number of nights when the business student didn’t get enough sleep, “I would not trade it for anything,” Stringer said.

“I have had the greatest honor in college to be able to make Mississippi College a better place for all students, both current and future Choctaws,” Stringer said. “I would like to thank the students for granting me this wonderful opportunity. It has been a humbling experience.”

Stringer and Carver were both student leaders with the sporting clays target club.

Carver and other new MC student leaders will be sworn in during April 10 chapel services at First Baptist Church Clinton. Together, they represent the university’s student Executive Council.

Jim Turcotte, the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, welcomes the newest group of innovative student leaders.

“We are blessed every year to have student government leadership that makes Mississippi College a great place,” Turcotte said. “Next year’s SGA president, Josh Carver, is a student who has contributed positively to student life since his freshman year.”

Turcotte added: “I look forward to working with all of our students to make MC a better place to study, live and work.”

Other newly elected SGA officers are Christian Gruning, vice president; Michelle Ladner, secretary; and Patrick Lyle, treasurer. J.T. Klingen will serve as chairman of the men’s affairs board, Briana Pearson heads the women’s affairs board, Edward Moak is Campus Activities Board chairman and Wesley Wilson will be chief justice.

Photo: Josh Carver

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