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.


10 Comments for “SGA President resigns”

  1. AA is for quitters

    Will you quit the student ministries when you inevitably offend somebody by the Wesly quote?

  2. Respectful

    I have to respect Justin for his decision to step down. As someone who was highly involved in SGA a few years ago, I’ve seen Presidents stay in the position simply for the perks and the prestige that comes with it. It was almost sickening how egotistical they became because they “knew” the big shots, and felt they had this “enormous” power. The empty promises and “holier than thou” attitude was unbearable. It’s obvious that Justin did it for the correct reasons and is now understanding that academics come first, no matter one. Kudos to you Justin; I wish you were President during the time I was at ECU.

  3. AA is for quitters

    I just wish he wouldn’t use the position of Student Body President to make a statement about his faith. He’s a Christian. Great. So are two billion other people. But Christendom already has a martyr. Setting himself up to make a high profile “sacrifice” like this seems kind of irreverent–for both the student body and his faith.

    • Demonte

      No one cares what you think. Go crawl back in to your emo hole.

    • Respectful

      GOOD LORD. It’s not like he’s creating new rules/regulations that push his faith on others. He’s just open and honest about it. What is the matter with that? I’m willing to bet that if he followed another religion (Buddhism, Islam, Judaism), people would be peeing themselves with praise for him because he’s “standing up for what he believes in.”


    I’m proud of you Justin. Those critics out there, guess what? have a mind over matter approach…. “I don’t mind and they don’t matter”. Continue being you, continue to follow your heart and continue to lead others, God will lead you right where he needs you. Take care and Go Pirates!!!

  5. Mr. Jones

    I see he’s following in the footsteps of ex-governor Palin! Too bad President Obama isn’t following in Justin’s footsteps! If President Obama was as successful as Justin, he’d be retired by now!

  6. AA is for quitters

    How do you even get a job when they ask you, “oh, so you were the student body president? How did that go?” “Yeah, well I quit.” “Oh…oh, how interesting…*scribbles with a feigned purpose on some indescrimenant parchment*…right…well we’ll get back to you…”
    I guess what I’m saying is, if He hasn’t already, God is leading you to be a camp counselor for underprivileged youth at some forsaken summer retreat, bc that’s about as marketable as you’ve just become. Good luck and all. But I find that God blesses those far more than those that whine about email signatures.

    Seriously…read the gospel sometime…then tell me how hard your life is. Unreal. Just unreal that this is the face that Christianity has become. But hey, God bless ‘Murica, and only ‘Murica. Cuz we the only ones wid problems. Wah! My bow tie isn’t straight! Please. Get. The. Fuck. Over. Your. Giant. Ass. Egotistical. Self.

    Paul is laughing at you, hanging upside down on his cross as he draws his last breath. And what the hell have you endured? Flack from some obscure, meaningless administration? Shame, undeniable, unforgivable, insurmountable shame.

    To further the cause of Christianity, renounce it. You haven’t the stomach for it. The Gospel isn’t for bow tie touting wannabes. It is so far beyond what you could imagine. Just drop it, and take up the American flag instead, for the Cross is too heavy for you to bear.

    A flat out disgrace. It is an equal shame that Easter NC cannot provide a bridge high enough for Mr. Davis to jump off of.

    • Respectful

      I feel sorry for you. I’m sure you have lots going on in your life that causes you to push your unwarranted hate on others.

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