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SGA welcomes new interim vice chancellor

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

At their first meeting of the semester tonight, the Student Government Association voted to welcome new Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Esther Terry, who will be taking over the position in the wake of Michael Gargano's resignation, and to voice its confidence in her commitment to working together with the UMass student body. The SGA expressed optimism that interactions between students and the new interim vice chancellor would be more positive than they were with Gargano, saying that recent years marked "negative trends in student affairs" at UMass.

After passing an amendment to correct the spelling of Terry's name from "Ester" to "Esther" in the text of the motion, the senate passed the motion as follows:

Whereas, as of Jan. 25, 2008, Vice Chancellor Michael Gargano resigned from the position of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and whereas Esther Terry has been appointed to the position of interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and whereas the general trend of student affairs over the past four years has been to limit student autonomy in particular student governments on campus and whereas the student body believed that these trends necessitated a campus-wide student strike on Nov. 15 and 16, 2007, and whereas the appointment of a new interim vice chancellor of student affairs is a tremendous opportunity to reverse the negative trends of student affairs, by working in collaboration with the student body in a way that has not happened prior to Vice Chancellor Gargano's resignation, therefore, be it resolved that the undergraduate senate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst extends welcome and its confidence in the new interim vice chancellor of student affairs Esther Terry's commitment to student development.

Click here to hear audio of the meeting (Media Credit: Meg Murphy).
posted by Meghan Murphy, 10:21 PM


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