(l. to r.) Kaitlyn Allan '10, Justin Stanek '10, Alexa Durnwirth '11, Bethany Floyd
'10, Shannon White '10 during the swearing-in ceremony
Outgoing SGA President Pearson Hill '09 hands the gavel to the New SGA president,
David Huber '11.
(l. to r.) President Lindgren, David Huber '11 and
Pearson Hill '09
James McGhee, director of student development
and SGA advisor
The first annual Passing of the Gavel Leadership Induction Ceremony, sponsored by
Randolph-Macon College’s Student Government Association (SGA), took place on April
17, 2009 at the Fountain Plaza. Students, staff, faculty and friends acknowledged
and celebrated the accomplishments of outgoing student leaders and ushered in newly-elected
officers for 2009-2010.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed the crowd and thanked the students for
their dedication to and promotion of the college’s many organizations. “Your leadership
is inspiring,” said Lindgren. “You are responsible, dedicated scholars and
leaders whose work is vital to the success of this fine college. I join the R-MC
community in thanking our past student leaders and welcoming the 2009-2010 student
leaders.” Echoing the words of President Lindgren, Grant Azdell, dean of students,
recognized the outgoing student leaders for their “commitment and hard work.”
James McGhee, director of student development and SGA Advisor, discussed the Student
Mission Statement, stating that it “consistently serves as a reminder to those charged
by their peers with the responsibility of leadership to be mindful of their actions
and responsive to the needs of their constituents.” McGhee cited the importance
of the values of leadership, including empowerment, accountability and integrity.
“These values are integral to the success of R-MC’s organizations,” said McGhee.
“Our students are our best resource, and their creativity and hard work make our
organizations an essential part of the Randolph-Macon experience.”
Each incoming student leader presented to the assembled group a value of leadership
and shared its meaning in relation to student leadership. Outgoing student leaders
welcomed their successors with a symbolic passing of the gavel. Pearson Hill ’09,
the outgoing SGA president, passed the gavel to David Huber ’11, the incoming SGA
president. Hill then thanked everyone who had played a role in his leadership experience
at Randolph-Macon College.
The ceremony concluded with an “exchange of the symbols of office,” during which
officers of various organizations exchanged gavels, notebooks and other items of
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