Florida State University Student Government Seal

Student Government Association



The History of Student Body Presidents and Vice Presidents of The Florida State University

John P. Sullivan
Sarah L. Marxsen

Philip Rountree
Dalia Santos Meza

James R. Crabtree
Pauline Tuttle Blocher
Charles McMillan

James B. Tippen, Jr.

Reubin O`Donovan Askew

William Thomas Pennell

Mary Ruth Summers

Milton Stover Carothers

Peter Llewellyn Nimkoff

Coyle E. Moore, Jr.

David Dwight Bachman

Arnold Lester Greenfield

Arthur B. Moore

Mattox Strickland Hair

Carl Hawley Butler III

Robert William Byrd

Henry Kenza Van Assenderp

John Robert Smith, Jr.

John Webster Merting

James L. Groot

Lawrence Alan Gonzalez

Eugene E. Stearn

Lyman Thomas Fletcher

Edgar Canter Brown, Jr.

Charles W. Sherman, Jr.

Raymond O. Gross

Donato A. Pietrodangelo

Charles Leon Thompson
Bob Kellum

David J. Aronofsky
Jan Pietrzk

Apollo E. Visko
Debbie Pistana

Stephen Joseph Powell
Charles Hackney

Gregory Girard
Douglas M. Guetzloe
Charlie Crist

Neal S. Friedman
Vivian Rivera

Randal Horace Drew
Leeanne Stables

Robert B. Auslander
Isreal Andrews

Timothy John Meenan, Jr.
Ivy Rogoff

Jill Elaine McConnell
R. Kent Shoemaker

Thomas Louis Abrams
Sue Schussler

Tyron Brown
Glen Criser

Michael B. Bornstein
Blair Henderon

Zelda Zarco
Michael Andrews

Mike J. Garcia
Kelly Pervis

Patricia M. Haisten
Sean A. Pittman

Sean A. Pittman
Amy Arnold

A. Trey Traviesa
D.D. Hornsby

Brian G. Philpot
Yvonne McGhee
Paula Robinson

Jeanne Elizabeth Belin
Charlie Ward, Jr.

Tracy L. Newman
Fred Maglione

Ryan J. Orner
Leticia Garcia

John E. Dailey
Ginny Cambre

Liza A. Park
Wayne Messam

Nick V. Iarossi
Spiceda Davis

Matthew L. Felix
Brennen Fields

Kimberly A. Fedele
Christopher Harris

Brett D. Cook
Nan Rothstein

Delmar W. Johnson III
Joseph G. Paul

Michelle Pletch
Patrick C. Sullivan

Patrick C. Sullivan
Cordy Richardson, III

Jarrett R. Eady
Jessica Hanson
Christopher M. Schoonover

Christopher M. Schoonover
Ahmad Abuznaid

Christopher S. Evans
Chad Reeves

Joseph S. O`Shea
Clifford W. Counts

Laymon A. Hicks
Ryan Powers

Robert J. Jakubik
Cornell Hamilton-Paul
Lauren Robertson

Dustin R. Daniels
Leonard R. “Bobby” Seifter

Avi Assidon
Dayne M. Hutchinson

Rueben M. Stokes, II
Kathryn L. Porwoll

Rosalia Contreras
Sara Saxner

Stefano J. Cavallaro
Gerald Johnson II

Jean P. Tabares
Iyanna Pierre-Louis

Nathan Molina
Valerie Shallow

Kyle Joshua Hill
Stacey Pierre

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 1996, Liza Park serves as the first Asian American Student Body President. Under her tenure, together with Faye Hunt and Rich Sealy, the Asian Student Union, later known as the Asian American Student Union is established as an SGA Agency.


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 2012, the Stokes/Porwall administration successfully hosts Pow Wow in the stadium, negotiates free towels in the leach, and structures the agencies, bureaus, and leadership institutes under the Vice President.


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 2014, the Cavallero/Johnson/Rendon Administration implemented new strategies to support campus traditions, such as Seminole Uprising or having Kevin Hart for a Headliners show, and served to support the transition of new University President and student initiatives such as the Office of Entrepreneurship and the kNOw More Campaign.


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.


In 2017, the Molina/Shallow/Gibson Administration provided free blue books for students during finals week, served as the student voice for the new dining contract, supported the new student union program and collaborated to support STEM students on campus through programming and additional workstations in Dirac library.


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


55th Student Senate President - Jarrett Eady (2002) FALL
    Student Senate Pro Tem   - Holly Anne Smith (2002) FALL


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


57th Student Senate President - Louis Dilbert (FALL 2004)
    Student Senate Pro Tem   - Nicole Brisbane
    Student Senate Pro Tem   - Manny Guarch (SUMMER 2005 & FALL 2005)


58th Student Senate President - Gabriel Pendas (resigned August 2006)
    Student Senate Pro Tem   - Kourtney Hahn


58th Student Senate President - Kourtney Hahn
    Student Senate Pro Tem   - David Grimes
(Gabriel Pendas resigned August, 2006, Hahn elected Senate President and Grimes was elected Pro Tem for remainder of the term).


59th Student Senate President - Kourtney I. Hahn
    Student Senate Pro Tem - David M. Loe, II


60th Student Senate President - Nathasha Cole
    Student Senate Pro Tem    - Brett Kushner (graduated April 2008)
    Student Senate Pro Tem  -   Bobby Seifter (elected April 2008).


61st Student Senate President -       Bobby Seifter (OCTOBER 2008)
    Student Senate Pro Tempore - Reggie Cuyler


62nd Student Senate President -      Reggie Cuyler
    Student Senate Pro Tempore - Caroline Chance


63rd Student Senate President – Caroline Chance

Student Senate Pro Tempore – Anwar Thomas


64th Student Senate President – Anwar Thomas
            Student Senate President Brandon Eisaman (September 5, 2012)
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Ky’Eisha Penn (Anwar Thomas resigned August 2012 and   Brandon Eisaman was elected to complete Anwar’s term).


65th Student Senate President – Brandon Eisaman
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Lindsay Wood


66th Student Senate President – Lindsay Wood
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Andrea Palermo
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Jean Tabares (summer only)


67th Student Senate President – Andrew Forst
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Derrick Scott II


68th Student Senate President – Erin Lusaka
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Justin Ravelo
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Erica Charles


69th Student Senate President – Wilkerson Joseph
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Megan Hughes
            Student Senate Pro Tempore – Sabrina Bousbar




BSU History



The Black Student Union was founded in 1968, and has dedicated leadership for over 45 years.  Below is the list of BSU Presidents and, after 1990, BSU Vice Presidents. 



Horace Gosier         (Chairman)                1968

Fred Flowers                                               1969

John Burt                                                     1969-1970


Everett Rains                                               1970-1971

John Burt                                                     1971-1972


Eddie Bell                                                    1974-1975


Gary Johnson                                             1976-1977


Michael Chandler                                      1977-1978


Carl Perkins                                                 1978-1979


Elijah Smiley (two terms)                         1979-1981


Leon Morris                                                1981-1982


Willard Proctor                                          1982-1983


Lance Williams                                           1983-1984


Herbert Andrews (two terms)                 1984-1986


Christine Minor                                          1986-1987


Derek Sands                                                1987-1988


Carl Solomon                                             1988-1989


Benjamin Crump     (two terms)              1989-1991

Hallema Simmons


Bernard Johnson                                       1991-1992


Ahli Moore                                                  1992-1993


William Faulkner                                        1993-1994

Kammi Berry


Willie Clark                                                 1994-1995

Levonia King


Dwight Moxie                                             1995-1996

Aristea Johnson


Dwight Moxie                                             1996-1997

Tiffany Hickson


Tymeisha Baker                                         1997-1998

Avery Anderson


Debra “Toy” Wright                                  1998-1999

Ewans Michael


Ashya House                                               1999-2000

Mark Davis                                                  


Jean Accius                                                 2000-2001

Rennai Palmer


Christopher Washington                          2001-2002

Bobeth Yates


Charity Miller                                              2002 - 2003

Kyle Hires


Rabiatu Barrie                                            2003 - 2004

Donnie Garner


Donnie Garner                                           2004 - 2005

Allison Hamilton


Christopher Evans                                     2005 - 2006

Alexis Jenkins


Kiesha Moodie                                           2006 - 2007

Dorian George


Pedro Gassant                                            2007 - 2008

Dominique Bouie


Cornelius Troy                                            2008 - 2009

Patrice Harris


Pavielle Bookman                                     2009 - 2010

Adrian Williams


Adrian Williams                                          2010-2011

Kiara McCoy


Dimitri Brome(summer)

Kiara McCoy                                               2011 – 2012

Jeanne Suah


Jareth Bent                                                 2012-2013

Jasmine Johnson


Harold Scott                                               2013-2014

Taylor Crowley



Rodney Moore                                           2014-2015

Jacqueline A. Futch



Sheldon Williams                                       2015-2016

Ebonique M. Brooks



Rashard Johnson                                       2016-2017

Monèt King




Andrew Melville                                        2017-2018

Diamond Hill