FSU has had a strong history of student self-governance. In 1909 the institution became the Florida State College for Women, and in 1935 the College Government Association (CGA) was formed with executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Admitted in 1946, men quickly succeeded in the CGA, and the first campus political parties, the All-Florida Party and the Independent Party, began. After the birth of FSU in 1947, the CGA created a separate Men’s and Women’s Government Association, headed by Phillip Roundtree and Dalia Santos Meza. In 1948 the groups merged, and Charles McMillan was elected the first Student Body President of Florida State. In 1949 the CGA became the University Government Association (UGA). Men held the top two executive offices until 1957, when Jan Kaminis Platt was elected Vice President, the first female to hold that post since FSCW days.
During the 1960s, Student Government grew immensely. In 1962 Student Body President Kenza van Asserderp received use of an official car for SG business. Student Body Vice President Joyce Killan Godwin recalls students protesting the Cuban Missile Crisis and the drafting of college men. A year later UGA established a student-owned bus system, the revision of women’s social regulations, and the merger of the Men’s and Women’s Senates into one legislative body.
In 1973, Charles Thompson, an African American, was elected as the first black Student Body President at FSU. Many other minorities have followed in his footsteps and FSU SGA continues to be a testimony as to the diversity that is present on this campus.
In 1974 Student Body President David Aronofsky, Vice President Jan Pietrzyk and Senate President Doug Mannheimer were the first student leaders to set and allocate A&S fees. Gov. Reuben Askew, the 1950 Student Body President, signed the act into law. In 1975 President Apollo Visko and Vice President Deborah Pistana Bennett set the first A&S budget and registered more than 10,000 students to vote, causing the defeat of an anti-student sheriff.
In 1989 President Sean Pittman and Vice President Amy Arnold Mayer developed the SGA Movie Channel and returned the Homecoming PowWow. In 1993 president Tracy Newman had FSU named one of 13 worldwide sites to participate in President Clinton’s inauguration.
In 1998, the Felix/Fields administration began lobbying for PowWow in the stadium, and that effort was carried on by the Fedele/Harris, Cooke/Rothstein administrations and was obtained for 2003 under the Johnson/Paul administration.
In 2000, the Cook/Rothstein administration successfully lobbied for the SGA president to be a voting member of the newly created Board of Trustees. In 2001, President Delmar W. Johnson III became the first named member of the FSU Board of Trustees in the modern era.
In 2002, the Johnson/Paul and Pletch/Sullivan administrations successfully implemented a fall break for students.
In 2004 the Eady/Hanson/Schoonover administration successfully lobbied against the implementation of block tuition at FSU. The administration was also able to allocate the funds to build the new and improved intramural fields, which opened in 2007, as well as funds to create a brand new career center for the student body.
In 2008, The O’Shea/Counts administration created the TRUE Seminole Campaign in collaboration with the Seminole Student Boosters.
In 2010, the Daniels/Seifter Administration successfully lobbied for the implementation of an inclusive non-discrimination policy, the creation of the College Leadership Councils and the NoleCab taxi service.
In 2013, the Contreras/Saxner/Kurleman Administration was the first all female President and Vice President team and created the first Secretary of Arts position and the first Veterans Student Union, as well as founding the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OEI), a bureau of SGA.
In 2016, the Tabares/Pierre-Louis/McGuinness Administration successfully helped to lobby with major individuals and legislators to receive the $1.5 million in PECO funding for the new Black Student Union house, created the first Secretary of Diversity & Inclusion, cultivated the Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) to recruit diverse student leaders during preview days, hosted the first Arts Showcase, instituted a Flat-Fare Ride to the Airport, Parking Forgiveness program for all first-time tickets, and the Rez-Rides initiative.
Student government leaders have helped shape FSU and created power for students. Because of their work, the Student Government Association holds an important place at Florida State University.
30th Student Senate President - Randy Drew (1977-78)
31st Student Senate President - William Byrd
Student Senate Pro Tem - Mr. Abbate (1978-79)
32nd Student Senate President - Michael Lindner
Student Senate Pro Tem - Patrick Rylee (1979-80)
33rd Student Senate President - Keith Clemens
Student Senate Pro Tem - Pamela Huelster (1980-81)
34th Student Senate President - Garrison Dundas
Student Senate Pro Tem - Bill Eichoffper (1981-82)
35th Student Senate President - Matthew Maynor
Student Senate Pro Tem - Robert Ellarbee(1982-83)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Melody Stevans (Summer)
36th Student Senate President - Edward Brosman
Student Senate Pro Tem - Tyrone Brown (1983-84)
37th Student Senate President - Larry Bodkin
Student Senate Pro Tem - Kelly Michols (1984-85)
38th Student Senate President - Stanley Halbert
Student Senate Pro Tem - Zelda Zarco (1985-86)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Muguet Desjardins (Summer-86)
39th Student Senate President - Andrew Rutens
Student Senate President - Roxanne Schunicht (1986-87)
40th Student Senate President - Brandon Hornsby
Student Senate Pro Tem - Eric Thorn (1987-88)
41st Student Senate President - George Fernandez
Student Senate Pro Tem - Liza McFadden (1988-89)
42nd Student Senate President - Vincent Campbell
Student Senate Pro Tem - Tracy Newman (1989-90)
43rd Student Senate President - Tracy Newman
Student Senate Pro Tem - Charles Marrelli (1990-91)
43rd Student Senate President - Charles Marrelli (Summer 1991)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Javier Soto (Summer 1991)
44th Student Senate President - Jennifer L. Tankersley
Student Senate Pro Tem - David C. Miller (1991-92)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Kenneth Jones (Summer 92)
45th Student Senate President - Jennifer Tankersley
Student Senate Pro Tem - Jon Snell (1992-93)
45th Student Senate President - Julie Hiipakka (Summer 1993)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Albert L. Dominguez (Summer 1993)
46th Student Senate President - Albert L. Dominguez (1993-94)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Scott Vedder
Student Senate Pro Tem - Ed Diaz (Summer 1994)
47th Student Senate President - Rich Templin (1994-95)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Mike Van Dyke
48th Student Senate President - Rich Templin (1995-96)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Hadis Parker
49th Student Senate President - Edward Dandrow (1996-97)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Maureen Manning
50th Student Senate President - Stephen Thomas (one semester) 1997
Student Senate Pro Tem - Roxanne Siko (one semester) 1997
Student Senate President - Russell Hellein (spring ‘98)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Tony Johnson (spring ‘98)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Delmar Johnson (spring/sum ‘98)
51st Student Senate President - Delmar Johnson (1998)FALL
Student Senate Pro Tem - Brian Tomlinson
52nd Student Senate President - Brian Tomlinson (1999)FALL
Student Senate Pro Tem - John Copassaki
Student Senate Pro Tem - Christopher Chestnut
53rd Student Senate President - Christopher Chestnut (2000) FALL
Student Senate Pro Tem - Stephen Smith
54th Student Senate President - Stephen Smith (2001) FALL
Student Senate Pro Tem - Alex Mullineaux (Acting Sen. President as of 11-14-01.
Dan Jenkins (Acting Senate Pro Tempore.
Jarrett Eady elected Fall 2002
56th Student Senate President - Michael K. Haynes (2003) FALL
Student Senate President - Louis L Dilbert (SUMMER, FALL 2004)
Student Senate Pro Tem - Sean D. Drake (2003-2004
59th Student Senate President - Kourtney I. Hahn
Student Senate Pro Tem - David M. Loe, II