SGA President resigns

Student body president, Justin Davis, issued a resignation statement today exclusively to The East Carolinian.

Davis wrote:


ContributedFor three years I have been involved in some capacity with the ECU Student Government Association.  During my time, I have grown both personally and professionally more than I could have ever imagined. I will forever be thankful for the opportunities I have been given during this time. However, there comes a time in each of our lives when it is time to embark on the next chapter. That time has come for me. I am stepping down as the student body president.

In making this decision, it has been very important to me that I remain completely transparent and honest with those who elected me concerning the reasons associated with my decision. That said, I am going to be very frank, while brief, in explaining my resignation: I no longer have a passion or heart for the Student Government Association. Please do not mistake my lack of passion for lack of caring. I deeply care about our great University, Student Government Association, and student body.  I simply do not have the passion or drive to continue serving as the foremost advocate for a student body of such magnitude. I believe continuing to serve in this role would be a disservice to both the students and myself.

It is also time for me to direct more focus and attention to the original reason I came to East Carolina – to obtain an education. I think it is always beneficial, especially for those students who are heavily involved, to take a moment and evaluate our priorities. It is very easy to become consumed in things that will, if not careful, take precedent over the education that we are here to receive. Bottom line: I am here to receive a degree in political science not student government.

As most of you know, I am a Christian. Over the past few months I have re-evaluated a lot of my life and have determined what is most important to me.  In doing so, I have been presented with several opportunities to serve and be involved with ministries that are becoming close to my heart. With my resignation, I hope to commit more time to serving these ministries and impacting lives therein.

You are left in good hands with a new student body president that is more than capable of leading you to the end of the school year. Matt Paske is an exceptional leader and someone who I greatly admire. I truly believe he will leave the Student Government Association better than he found it.

More important than any announcement I’ve made or explanation I’ve given, I want to thank all of you. Whether you voted for me or not, I have had eight wonderful months to represent the most amazing student body in the state of North Carolina. I have made mistakes, experienced failure, and had days that I just simply wanted to quit for no good reason. But I do not regret one minute of my time or experience as the Student Body President of ECU. So thank you all for giving me that opportunity.

I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes of all time by a man named John Wesley: “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” In whatever you do, be sure to do it with your whole heart and for the good of others.

God Bless,


Justin Davis
Philippians 3:7-9


For more on this story and an interview with Davis pick up the first spring edition of The East Carolinian on newsstands Tuesday.


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