SGA Vice President Alex Henderson handed in a letter of resignation last Tuesday. A new vice president must take office three weeks from the official date of resignation, which was Aug. 28.
Henderson did not respond to a request for comment.
SGA President Erica Arbetter said the news initially came as a shock, but she said respects Henderson’s decision. “Initially I was shocked, but then I took a step back,” Arbetter said. “It happened. Move forward.”
Students interested in filling the position must submit a letter of intent today by 5 p.m. Requirements for serving as vice president include: a 2.5 cumulative GPA, availability between 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays along with several other qualifications. A full list is available here.
According to bylaw 1100.001, the SGA president must appoint the vice president in the case of a vacancy with a majority vote by the Senate. Arbetter said she hopes the organization will have a new vice president by the first Senate meeting on Sept. 11.
While there are several individuals who have expressed interest in the position, Arbetter said the job is not for everyone.
“This is a real job and being VP of the student body shouldn’t be taken lightly. SGA isn’t for everybody,” Arbetter said. “When you look at all his priorities, we all say it should be class first and then SGA. If (SGA) wasn’t his second priority, you can’t force that on someone.”