JU students have elected junior Keith Taylor Jr. as Jacksonville University Student Alliance president and junior Prince Agyemang-Gyau as vice president, in elections that saw voter turnout rise by nearly 200, to 523 students.
“Right now I’m feeling great,” said Taylor, a double major in aviation and political science who served as JUSA vice president for the 2013-14 academic term. “This week has certainly been full of ups and downs, but now to hear the results, it’s pretty intense. I’m very excited.”
Taylor said he woke up on election day Friday, Feb. 14, earlier than usual, asking himself: “Will I win? Is it in God’s plan right now?”
The results only made Taylor feel ready to get started.
“Monday we’re hitting the ground running,” he said. “Prince and I are going to look at where we need to start and ask ourselves how we can reach our goals.”
Current JUSA President Will Baxley, a junior music composition major, said the new DolphinLink system for JU students made voting a cinch.
“This was our first time using the new system, and the voting process was so smooth,” he said. “The software was everything we hoped it would be.”
The higher voter turnout this year impressed Baxley.
“The final tally shows a huge shift in the focus of the student body to being concerned about the direction of the campus,” he said.
Returning members of JUSA were not guaranteed their seats; each position was determined by the popular vote.
“The election was anybody’s game, but I think that within the general assembly we have men and women on this campus that have already demonstrated their abilities as leaders,” Baxley said. “It’s going to be amazing to see what we get done by the end of this semester and next year.”
Taylor and Gyau, who is a nursing major, will move to their elected positions after a three-meeting transition period.
The following are JUSA election results for next academic year’s representatives:
Jacksonville University Student Alliance 2014-15 Election Results
President – Keith Taylor Jr.
Vice-President – Prince Agyemang-Gyau
College of Arts and Sciences
1. Chris Herring
2. Brittany Bush
3. Cody Foxwell
4. Christie Charlebois
5. Raegann Conner
Davis College of Business
1. Matthew Shank
2. Maria Figuerado
3. Robert Dougherty
4. John Gislason
College of Fine Arts
1. Adam Keller
2. Parker Lawhorne
3. Haley Cox
College of Health Sciences
1. Arielle Bas
2. Ryan Wagner
3. Katharine Jakobsson
College of Education
1. Samuel Medlin
2. Samantha Wicklund
See more on the elections at http://judolphinmedia.com.