Below is a list of the members of the TUSGA Cabinet, as elected by the student body.
President – Joseph Gearon
Joseph Gearon is a senior economics major and political science minor. He is serving his second term as SGA president and has been a senator since freshman year. Beyond SGA, Joseph is standards chair of Delta Sigma Phi, Vice President of Judicial Affairs on the Interfraternal Council, a tutor for economics in the ACE, a member of the Speech and Debate Team, and part-time staff for the Campus and Community Engagement Office. He strives to represent the student body to the fullest to all facets of the university.
Executive Vice-President – Katie Tucker
Katie Tucker is a senior international affairs and religion double major with a political science minor. She has been as SGA senator since her freshman year, and has served in the past as Constitution Chair and Academic Affairs Chair, and is currently serving as the Vice President. In her free time, Katie also serves as the Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Vice President of Administration for the Panhellenic Association, a Writing Center Consultant, Treasurer for Order of Omega, Treasurer for the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans, a Student Judicial Board member, and a member of Chi Omega. Her mission is to better the campus community and improve student life.
Chief Of Staff – Daniel Cooper, Junior
Daniel Cooper is from Paris, Kentucky. He is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in music. He hopes to go to medical school after graduating from Transy. This year marks his third year on SGA, and he has loved every second of it. After having served on Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, he really appreciates being able to represent the student body on matters anywhere from holding campus wide forums to contributing to changing general education requirements. He is currently serving his second year as the Chief of Staff, and his favorite part of it is researching trivia to ask our senators to help them become more educated on the univeristy’s history and inner workings! SGA for Daniel is contributing to a better campus and environment for all of the students here at Transy, and he can’t wait for another great year!
Chief Of Finances – Nanhao Chen
Nanhao Chen is a senior Art History and Accounting major. Senator Chen has been on SGA since sophomore year and has served in the past as Diversity Liaison and Art Liaison. He currently holds the position of Treasurer in Delta Sigma Phi and is involved in a variety of different organizations on campus. He has been the Secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa, the VP of Order of Omega and a coordinator for the Transy Nest Team.
Academic Affairs Committee of Senate Chair: Lauren Gilbert
Lauren Gilbert is a senior studying International Affairs and Spanish with a self-designed minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She has been on SGA since her freshman year and is serving her second term as Academic Affairs Chair. When not working on SGA projects, you can find Lauren in the Writing Center, the Admissions Office, or in her favorite booth in the library. She is currently applying to graduate programs to pursue a career in international security and resource management. Her favorite thing about being a part of SGA is seeing the long-term impact that student ideas can have on the Transylvania academic culture.
Student Affairs Committee of Senate Chair: Mark Sirianno
Mark Sirianno is a Junior, Philosophy and Biology major, with aspirations to attend medical school. He has been a Senator on SGA for three years and has held the position of Student Affairs chair since January of 2017. Outside of SGA, he is a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, works as an Admissions Ambassador, and assists with academic research on campus. He believes SGA serves a vital role as an intermediary between the student body and administration saying, “Seeing the changes students asked for implemented on campus is one of the most rewarding aspects of what we do. Our main goal is to make Transy a better place for students to live and study.”