The Students’ Association hired four officers for next year’s executive cabinet and will have two chief financial officers for the first time.
Michael Humphrey, sophomore accounting major from Keller, will serve as chief financial officer in the fall, and Alex Blanchet, freshman finance major from McKinney, will take the position in the spring.
Abraham Enriquez, SA 2016-17 executive vice president, said Humphrey was experienced and more qualified than most people, but he already had plans to intern at an accounting firm in the spring of 2017.
“When you look at his resume, when you look at what he is bringing to the table, he is going to get things done no matter what,” Enriquez said. “When he leaves, it’s going to be just as great because Alex already knows how SA functions.”
The executive team decided to hire Humphrey and have Blanchett train with Humphrey until the spring semester. Although he is considered a freshman, Blanchett will have junior hours and a completed internship by the time he takes office.
The chief financial officers will work with treasurer Matthew Archer on preparing the SA budget. Enriquez said having two officers will alleviate some of the stress of handling the large funds because there is a spring budget and a fall budget. The spring 2016 budget totaled $175,717.
The chief financial officers and the chief communications officer will make $2,150 per semester working 10 hours per week.
Meg Patton, the new chief communications officer, will manage all communication between SA and the student body. The junior graphic design major from Abilene said she wanted the job because she wants to design websites. Her job will include designing graphics, emails, posters and flyers.
“I wanted to get involved with something that affected the whole student body,” Patton said. “I thought that I had a good skill set and could serve the whole student body in that way.”
She has experience as social director for GATA women’s social club and a 2016 Wildcat Week student director. However, Enriquez said what made Patton stand out was her focus on social media as the primary way to reach students.
“We understood that we’re on the same page, so it’s very easy to make that connection with her,” Enriquez said. “She had the overall general concept of outreaching to student groups.”
About 28 people applied for the positions. Sydney Greer was rehired as the executive administrator. Enriquez said because this is Greer’s second year in the position, she will be able to help more with bills and communication between Student Congress and the executive cabinet.
“She is pretty much the backbone when it comes to Congress, ” Enriquez said. “I believe when it comes down to it, it’s all about communication. When Sydney applied, she definitely knew how to connect to Congress.”
The executive administrator will make $4,300 per semester working 20 hours per week. Enriquez said she will serve as more than a secretary because she has more experience this year. She will help read bills and make sure they are ready to be presented in Congress. Enriquez said as vice president, he will no longer have to look at bills because it is important for the vice president to be unbiased.
“Next semester she’s going to full on know how to write a bill, how to look over a bill and to basically say if a bill can be presented to Congress or not,” Enriquez said.
The four new officers will join Enriquez, Archer and executive president Abbey Moses as the 2016-17 executive cabinet.