Georgia Southern SGA President Azell Francis Receives Potts Leadership Award
June 02 2015
Azell Francis, the outgoing Georgia Southern University Student Government Association president, was awarded the 2015 Regent Willis J. Potts Student Advisory Council Leadership Award at the May Board of Regents meeting. Chancellor Huckaby and Former Regent Willis J. Potts presented Azell with the award that was voted on by her fellow SGA presidents on the Student Advisory Council (SAC).
Each year, the SAC membership anonymously selects a member who has shown strong interest and leadership in the organization; who demonstrates openness, honesty and respect; and who shows enthusiasm in the engagement of all SAC activities and conferences.
USG Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joyce Jones, Ph.D., said the selection of Francis was an easy choice for her fellow presidents.
Francis graduated from Georgia Southern University with her master’s degree in Applied Engineering. She is the first international student to serve as the GSU SGA president, and the first woman to serve since 2009. During her term, Francis created the “Eagles for Eagles” program, a student-led initiative to raise funds for students suffering extreme financial hardships. She attended more than five Board of Regents meetings during the school year, and also organized the 2015 SAC End of Year Report.
“In my role as SGA president, and on the Student Advisory Council, I sought first to listen to students, and then to serve as their voice,” said Francis. “The ultimate goal was, and is, to serve students… to enhance their collegiate experience and provide them with the best learning environment to discover and pursue their purpose. Receiving this leadership award, though an incredible honor, was never a part of my story as I envisioned it. My joy in serving as student body president comes from knowing that the work that we are doing is making a difference in the world, one Eagle at a time, and through SAC, one USG alum at a time.”
The Regent Willis J. Potts Student Advisory Council (SAC) Leadership Award is in its fifth year. The SAC membership named the award in honor of former Regent Potts’ leadership, service and commitment to University System students.
Each year the membership of the SAC anonymously votes for one its members that has attended at least three SAC conferences or sponsored events and exhibited strong leadership in the organization. The student must also demonstrate knowledge about the USG, its policies and operations. The student must be open, honest, respectful of others and enthusiastic in the engagement of all SAC activities and conferences.
The Student Advisory Council was formed in 1968 and provides a forum for communications between University System students, the chancellor, the board, state officials and the public. The council promotes better student government at institutions and discusses issues affecting USG students.
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February 03 2012
ATLANTA — Patrick Pickens has been selected as the 2012 Student Advisory Council Leadership Award recipient. Pickens, from North Georgia College & State University, was selected among his peers from all 35 state institutions for exemplary leadership within the Student Advisory Council over the past year. The award presentation will take place at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.
Pickens is a junior from Cumming, GA majoring in chemistry and biology. He becomes the second student from North Georgia to be honored with this award after joining Martin Erbele who received the award in 2009.
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