Cassie McKernan: Vice President of Academic Affairs


Why are you running for Vice President of Academic Affairs?
This position offers an amazing opportunity to dive into my passion. I am highly invested in my own academics and would be humbled to hold a position where I can make a difference in the scholarly work of faculty, staff and students. The opportunity to have an influence on educational policy and academic programs is what intrigued me about this position and I can’t wait to see the possibilities this position offers. Academics are such an important aspect of the college experience; therefore, I aim for all faculty and students to be successful. I bring a lot of excitement and commitment to supporting the needs of current and future students as well as the needs of the community.

What are your goals if elected?
I strive for all students to be mentally engaged in the classroom and looking forward to learning. Therefore, my main priority is to be a voice for students and make changes that impact educational programming. I also aim to be a voice on a leadership team where I can facilitate both personal and professional success of students, faculty and staff.

What have you accomplished during your time on campus/SGA?
As a current freshman representative in Student Government, I have provided a voice for the current freshmen, such as extending hours at Doc’s Landing. I have also voted on budgets for organizations here on campus as well as voted to provide funding to numerous clubs. I have also publicized events by creating posters as well as encouraged my peers to become class representatives.

Why should students vote for you?
Vote for me as I am highly motivated to make a difference. I am passionate about the position and will utilize this passion to enrich the learning experience here at Gannon. If you want to feel heard when it comes to academic programs, vote for me.

Why do you think there aren’t many people running for the SGA board this year?
The executive board is an amazing opportunity that requires commitment and passion. Only the most dedicated run for executive positions; therefore, it comes as no surprise that only a few step up to the challenge.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?
I am excited to discuss this position and advocate on my behalf. If you see me on campus, feel free to say hello and I’d love to answer any questions you have.


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