The Student Government Association named Rachel Baker as the new secretary on Dec. 4.
Baker takes over the position after Rita Ramsey’s resignation on Oct. 30. Baker is a sophomore chemistry major whom has served as the SGA chief of staff this semester before becoming secretary and previously served as a freshman senator in SGA.
Baker was one of four candidates seeking the position. Baker said she ran in part to make the secretary transition smooth.
“It’s an honor to be able to move up and continue serving SGA in this capacity,” she said.
SGA president Rachel Martin said the executive branch chose Baker for multiple reasons. Baker worked with the previous secretary to implement the Eagle Point system introduced this semester. Baker said the system is a way to monitor senator participation.
Martin said Baker also excelled in her duties as chief of staff and she works well with other SGA members. Baker must seek election in the spring in order to retain the position.
“While all the candidates were great, Rachel’s previous experience and qualities most aligned with the position,” Martin said.
Martin said the executive officers reviewed each applicant’s qualifications and experience.
Madison Cole, the SGA executive legislature adviser, became the new chief of staff. Martin said Cole also applied for the secretary position, but Cole’s leadership, work ethic and ambition made her a good choice for chief of staff.
“She has taken a completely new position and transitioned it into an effective, important position for SGA that serves SGA members well,” Martin said.
Other applicants for the position included agriculture and human ecology senator Katelynn Cammack; graduate studies senator Lamora Llorens; and transfer senator Michael Brown.