Branches

The Student Government Association consists of four branches: Senate, Campus Activities Board, Judicial Board and the Residential College Association.

For a full list of SGA elected and appointed officers click here: Officer List as of 2/15/17

Executive Cabinet

The SGA Executive Board consists of the SGA President/ Student Regent, SGA Vice-President/ Campus Activities Board Chairman, Executive Secretary, Executive Treasurer and the Student Activities Advisor/ Administrative Assistant to SGA.  The SGA Executive Board is responsible for representing the MSU Student Body to the administration of MSU, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Clinton Combs
President & Student Regent
Student Government Association
Curris Center
Center for Student
  Involvement
2002 University Station
Murray, KY, 42071
Email
(270) 809-6883
about Clinton

Clinton F. Combs of Benton, Kentucky, was elected President of the Student Government Association at Murray State University in March 2015 & 2016. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health in May 2016. He is currently working on his Masters in Economic Development. Mr. Combs has been actively involved on campus since his arrival in 2011, serving as a Student Ambassador, Senator At-Large, Student Regent and SGA President. Clinton was honored to be selected as a Vice President of Student Affairs Top Ten Student Leader, Ralph Woods Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding Senior in Occupational Safety & Health and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. When Clinton is not busy on campus, he works at Peel & Holland Insurance. Clinton plans on receiving his doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus in Post-Secondary Education.

 
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Nathan W. Payne
Executive Vice President
Student Government Association
Curris Center
Center for Student
  Involvement
2002 University Station
Murray, KY, 42071
Email
(270) 809-6951
about Nathan

Nathan Wayne Payne is a two-term Executive Vice President. He looks forward to serving you!

 
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Caitlin Dunaway
Vice President of Finance
Student Government Association
Curris Center
Center for Student
  Involvement
2002 University Station
Murray, KY, 42071
Email
(270) 809-6951
about Caitlin

Caitlin Dunaway is a junior marketing major from Iuka, IL. She has been actively involved in SGA since her freshman year, first serving in the position of Freshman Senator. Caitlin went on to serve as a Senator-At-Large and the Publications and Literature Senate Chair. She has been an active member in several other campus organizations as well, serving as the 2015 Panhellenic President and she is currently the Membership Education Vice President for Alpha Delta Pi. Caitlin is the Social Media Marketing Intern in Career Services and she plans to get her masters in Public Relations upon graduation. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys watching HGTV and planning her whole life on Pinterest.

 
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Tori Wood
Vice President of Administration
Student Government Association
Curris Center
Center for Student
  Involvement
2002 University Station
Murray, KY, 42071
Email
(270) 809-6951
about Tori

Secretary Tori Lynn Wood of Symsonia, Kentucky, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration at Murray State and will graduate in May of 2018. Ms. Wood is actively involved in student organizations on campus and holds various leadership positions. While working in both the Office of Recruitment and Curriculum Materials Center on campus, Tori serves as a Student Ambassador and Lead Counselor for the Summer Orientation Staff. Tori is also actively involved in the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and serves as the College Panhellenic Council President. After serving as the College of Education & Human Services Senator and Chief of Staff, Tori was elected as Secretary of the Student Government Association at Murray State University in March 2016. Tori’s favorite outlook about the campus is that “it rains a lot a Murray, but that’s just because God puts all the sunshine in the people.”

 

Campus Activities Board

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The Campus Activities Board is composed of 15 chairpersons with committees who plan and promote activities for students and the community. The chairpersons are students appointed by SGA each spring and the Residential College Activities chair, which is elected in the spring. All members must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average while in office.  Activities provided by the CAB include concerts, lectures, comedy and musical acts, the Ms MSU Pageant, Homecoming parade and events, spontaneous events in the Curris Center, multicultural events, freshman and spring weeks, plus much more.

Homecoming/ Murray Madness Chair

The position is a dual position that coordinates two of the most popular events that CAB does.  In the fall the chair is in charge of all SGA Homecoming Events, including the parade and the election of Homecoming King and Queen.  In the spring, the position is in charge of Murray-Madness, which is a one day event that is typically outdoors. The event ranges from chair-to-chair, but it is usually carnival theme, and is hosted in late spring.

Innovative Acts Chair

This position provides the students with free events that are mainly for entertainment or promotional value. These events can be done in the Curris Center, Winslow, or anywhere else on campus. The chair will also work with entertainment agents to bring acts to campus, such as the campus favorite, Tom DeLuca, The Hypnotist. The chair will use a combination of creative inexpensive ideas along with contracted agents throughout the year. Popular events hosted by this position through the years have been wax hands, personalized signs, and laser tag.

Membership Chair

This position communicates with all members of the CAB. He/she is the liason between the chairs of the committees and the members that wish to be involved on the committees (CABbies). This position should also keep the chairs responsible for using there “CABbies” for more than just working events. The membership chair is pivotal for the staffing of events and keeping an adequate number of CABbies.

Ms. MSU Scholarship Pageant Chair

This position is responsible for coordinating all details of the pageant experience for contestants, participants, and patrons. The Miss MSU Pageant is meant to be done as professionally as possible, to give Murray State a chance to show the public some of the quality women we have to offer. The winner from Ms. MSU goes on to represent Murray State in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, as well as many local events.

Multicultural Awareness Chair (2)

This position is responsible for producing programs that bring people of all backgrounds together. Murray State University is a diverse learning institution, and this position is responsible for reflecting that in their programming. This chair often times works hand-in-hand with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, to help fund fun, diverse programming.

Performance Chair

This position coordinates all SGA/CAB sponsored performance based programming.  More commonly, this chair is responsible for seeking out student opinions of concerts and lectures, as well as making informed decisions on what types of concerts and lectures SGA/CAB will sponsor.  In the past, SGA/CAB has brought the following performances to campus:

  • Kanye West (2004)
  • Maroon 5 (2005)
  • John Mayer (2007)
  • Maya Angelou (2011)
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy (2014)
  • R.J. Mitte (2015)
  • Old Dominion (2015)
  • Todrick Hall (2015)
  • Martin Luther King, III (2016)

Publicity Chair (3)

This position entails the publicity and marketing of our programming. From the design of fliers to social media management, these individuals are responsible for all publicity ideas for CAB events. There are three chairs to help break up the responsibility of publicizing every event.

Residential College Association Chair

This position is to communicate to CAB events that the Residential Colleges are planning and implementing. In addition, it is the RCA Chair's responsibility to keep the RCA informed on the programs that CAB is planning.

Showcasing Chair

This position is in charge of recruiting talented students across Murray State that wish to showcase their talent (music, comedy, etc.) to the student body. In addition, our Showcasing Chair is responsible for selecting movies to be played in the Curris Center Theatre. Some examples of previous events have been a "Battle of the Bands", valentines serenade in the Curris Center, and several movie series.

Freshman Council

The Freshman Council is a Student Senate Committee, that is chaired by the Freshman Senators elected each Fall. The purpose of the Freshman Council is to have a mechanism for Freshmen to voice their concerns, plan Freshman oriented programming, and become acclimated to SGA in a relaxed environment. Unlike the Freshmen Senators, council members don't have to run for their position, they are instead selected via applications. This is a great opportunity for those Freshmen that may want to get involved in SGA, but are too nervous to run for office.

Judicial Board

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The Judicial Board is the judicial body of SGA. To be one of the ten members, applicants must have at least sophomore status, a 2.5 grade point average, and not be an officer or member of any other branch of SGA. These positions are appointed in April of each year.  At its meetings, the board reviews parking tickets and hears appeals.

Residential College Association

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The Residential College Association is a branch of the Student Government Association that oversees the Residential Colleges. This branch is responsible for shared governance between the Residential Colleges, as well as programming. The RCA also represents our Residential Colleges at residential hall conferences.

There are many ways to be involved in the RCA, as an executive member, RCA college representative, or through the individual Residential College Councils. If you are interested, check with your Residential College Director for meeting times and more information.

Senate

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Students involved in the Student Senate gain experience in Murray State’s legislative process. Forty-six senators comprise the Student Senate: three from each of the five academic colleges and from the Hutson School of Agriculture, two from the School of Nursing and each of the eight residential colleges, eight “at-large” senators elected through a campus-wide online election each April, and two freshman senators elected in September by the freshman class. Aside from passing legislation at its weekly meetings, the Student Senate provides informational brochures, the campus planner, voter registration and a campus voice (student regent) to the board of regents.  To qualify as a senator, you must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point standing during the term of office.

Within the Student Senate there are several leadership positions available known as, Senate Chairs. The Senate Chairs are the chairmen for the standing Senate Committees: University Affairs, Election Ways & Means, Government Relations, Publications and Literature, and Webmaster. Each Senate Chair runs a committee of Senators that help investigate issues, create legislation, and work on ways to better campus through their respective areas. The individual that oversees the Senate Chairs is the Chief of Staff, which is selected by the President to serve at their will.