By Olivia Krauth–
Junior Meredith Cooksey won the run-off election for SGA’s position of Academic Vice President, beating sophomore Vishnu Tirumala 490-343.
Cooksey won the initial election, but an election rule in the SGA Constitution says a candidate needs to receive 40 percent of the total vote to win. She won 39.66 percent, causing the run-off.
“After a long month of campaigning I am ecstatic that I have been unofficially chosen as the 2016-2017 Academic Vice President,” Cooksey said. “I am excited to work alongside my peers, the rest of SGA, faculty, staff and administration next year as a student voice. As with so many past AVPs and members of SGA, the students are able to make real changes to benefit the student body. I am honored to be a leader and innovator for these changes.
“There is still so much work to be done in the realm of academics. From increased student recognition in a variety of facets to listening to students and how their university can better foster their academic success, I know that students will continue to succeed at even higher rates. I plan to target underrepresented groups on campus in hopes of broadening the depth of the SGA changes.”
SGA Director of Communications Jacob Abrahamson said the results become official on Monday.