OXFORD, Miss.—With the outgoing members passing the torch, the 2014-2015 officers of the Associated Student Body at the University of Mississippi were installed Tuesday in a ceremony at the Lyceum.
The newly elected student leaders are Davis Rogers of Jackson, president; Emerson George of Tallahassee, Fla., vice president; Heather Neilson of Oxford, secretary; Madison White of Tuscaloosa, Ala., treasurer; Jared Akers of Brandon, judicial council chair; and Kelly Savage of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., attorney general.
Several noted past Ole Miss ASB officials are state senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, as well as former governor Haley Barbour.
Rogers, a junior in physics and biology, and George, a junior in political science and business, both addressed the audience, vowing to lead the administration and student body in making all students feel a part of Ole Miss.
“I feel confident knowing that so many members of this University, including students, administration, and families, care and place emphasis on the betterment of this campus,” said Rogers, who was impressed by the turnout, “I am honored with the ability to represent the student body, and I look forward to the many positive changes we strive to make in uniting this Ole Miss family. ”
“I am extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the university through the position of ASB Secretary,” said Neilson, a junior in both nursing and integrated marketing communications. “Looking over and seeing the outgoing officials today allowed all of us to see what big shoes we have to fill. I am thrilled to get to serve with the five others elected and know that each of us are going to strive daily to make this university a greater place than it already is.”
White, a junior in accountancy, was excited after having served as the interim treasurer for several months. “I am looking forward to working with a new group of people to make our university even better.”
“The inauguration yesterday brought to life a sense of responsibility and due diligence, that I have been waiting and preparing for over the previous month and a half,” said Akers, a junior in biochemistry, “Overall, I am excited to see what we newly elected officers are able to accomplish throughout this term.”
Savage, a sophomore in broadcast journalism and Integrated marketing communications, was honored to be a part of the process and to serve in the role of attorney general, the only female to do so in the last seven years.
“I understand the expectations of leadership that the University community has for all of the newly elected officials,” said Savage, “As a freshman on campus, I looked up to the ASB leaders as examples of some of the most honorable Ole Miss students, and I am humbled to have the same opportunity.”