On March 13, 1968, Chancellor George L. Simpson, Jr. recommended that the Board of Regents establish a University System Student Advisory Council. This council was to be composed of all the student body presidents within the University System.
The Board of Regents felt that the format of the Student Advisory Council would further enhance the student government organizations while creating responsible student leadership in the University System and so authorized its establishment.
The constitutionally mandated purposes of SAC are to:
- Provide a forum for communication and recommendation between the students of the University System of Georgia and the Chancellor of the System, the Board of Regents, the state government, the news media, and the public concerning problems and issues which are important to the students of the University System of Georgia.
- Promote better student government at institutions of the University System through the dissemination of information between and the provision of assistance to member institutions regarding problems and activities. The primary internal function of the Student Advisory Council shall be to discuss issues of direct concern to the student body of the University System of Georgia within those forums established for that purpose.
The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was hosted by Georgia State University. The meeting was held in the Board of Regents conference room in Atlanta on April 17, 1968.
Today the Student Advisory Council represents over 300,000 students attending 29 institutions across the state of Georgia.