Justin davis steps down from SGA post
Justin Davis stepped down from his role as student body president after releasing a statement to The East Carolinian stating that he is refocusing his time to his education.
In his statement released Sunday night, he cited one of the reasons he chose to resign being because he was too “burnt out.”
“I no longer have a passion or heart for the Student Government Association,” said Davis in his letter. “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.”
However, he said his lack of passion was not a lack of caring. He still cares greatly about the university, the student body and SGA.
In his statement, Davis said he plans to direct more focus and attention to the reason he came to the university—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,” he said. “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.”
This year marked Davis’s third year with SGA; he served previously as treasurer.
“During my time, I have grown both personally and professionally more than I could have ever imagined,” he said. “I will forever be thankful for the opportunities I have been given during this time.
Davis said one of SGA’s major accomplishments while he was president was identifying a clear vision, mission core values, and a strategic plan to move through the years.
“When my team took office, we knew it was going to be a year for laying a solid foundation and groundwork so that SGA could be a sustainable organization and maximize its impact on the student body.”
As for his replacement, Davis said, “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.”
Paske, who served in the fall as vice president, will immediately take over as president for the spring semester.
“I’m definitely excited for the opportunity…given to me by the students,” said Paske. “This is completely unexpected, but I plan to make the most of it.”
Paske said he plans to continue bringing integrity, honesty and loyalty to the role of president. He will serve until his graduation in May.
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