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Undergraduate Student Governance

Student Government Association—Although some non-military students have always studied at the university, their numbers were small for the first half-century. By 1930 the number of “out of military” male students had increased to a point where about 200 of them decided to form their own student government and established the Civilian Student Union in November of that year. Female students countered with a Women’s Student Union in September 1934. The two unions combined to form a single Civilian Student Body on Nov. 14, 1939, in a move by the male civilians to counter the power of the cadets, who, they surmised, had too much control in student government. In 1965 the corps of cadets defeated a proposed constitution for a Student Body of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, which would have merged the civilian and military student governments, while the civilian student body voted in favor of the proposed constitution. On April 19, 1966, all civilians and cadets united under a single constitution, forming a Unified Student Body. The name of the organization was changed later that same year to the Student Government Association.

Civilian Student Body Presidents—The first president of the Civilian Student Union (later called the Civilian Student Body) was elected for the 1934-35 session. Unlike the corps, the vice president served as president of the senate. The last president of the CSB was elected for the 1965-66 session. CSB presidents, listed by the academic year in which they served:

1934-35   A. J. Francis Jr.
1935-36   A. A. George
1936-37   J. W. Apperson
1937-38   V. H. Belcher
1938-39   U. F. Earp
1939-40   J. W. Massey
1940-41   M. M. Bush
1941-42   S. S. Cutler
1942-43  J. R. Brown
1943-44   R. C. Gawthmey (part), W. H. Rosch (part)
1944-45   R. B. McCulloch
1945-46   R. H. Hahn (part), T. T. Callahan Jr. (part)
1946-47   M. L. Oliver
1947-48  B. E. Ames
1948-49   H. H. Caldwell
1949-50   J. C. Curling
1950-51   U. F. Kindle
1951-52   S. U. Boaze Jr.
1952-53   C. M. Montague
1953-54   J. H. Swink
1954-55   W. C. Latham
1955-56   G. M. Oxley
1956-57   A. P. Sturges
1957-58   R. L. Wood
1958-59   R. E. Benton
1959-60  J. B. Obenchain
1960-61   C. L. Vaughan
1961-62   R. S. Barrett
1962-63  G. F. Chandler III
1963-64   F. M. Dickinson
1964-65   F. W. Nolen
1965-66   K. O. Clay

Student Government Association Presidents—The first president of the Student Government Association (Unified Student Body during 1966‑67) was elected for the 1966‑67 session. The first woman president, Sharon J. Brown, assumed office in mid-year in 1980-81 upon the resignation of the previous president. SGA presidents, listed by the academic year in which they served:

1966-67   M. G. Rigney
1967-68   William Coulbourne Jr.
1968-69   Raymond D. Smoot Jr.
1969-70   D. M. Norris
1970-71   R. L. Hawthorne
1971-72   Fred W. George
1972-73   C. C. “Chuck” Lacy
1973-74   Neil Burgess
1974-75   Gary Clisham
1975-76   Steven K. Bannon
1976-77   Mark B. Warlick
1977-78   Danny J. Ludeman
1978-79   L. J. “Chip” Fortier II
1979-80   James W. Tucker
1980-81   J. J. Zelloe (resigned), Sharon J. Brown
1981-82   Sharon L. Williams
1982-83   Bob Jones
1983-84   Jeffrey A. Swartz
1984-85   Russell S. Thomas
1985-86   Walt Williams
1986-87   Dan Mahony
1987-88   David Baker
1988-89   David Baker
1989-90   David Gilbert
1990-91   James Budd
1991-92   Melissa Byrne
1992-93   Kevin Motley
1993-94   Ronald Stephenson
1994-95   Seth Ginther
1995-96   Shiloh Bates
1996-97   Jay Hulings
1997-98   Steve Schneider
1998-99   Jody Olson
1999-2000  Aaron McClung
2000-01   Kylie Felps
2001-02   Brian Montgomery
2002-03   Sterling Daniel
2003-04   Brant Snyder
2004-05   Sumeet Bagai
2005-06   Sumeet Bagai
2006-07   James Tyger
2007-08   Adeel Kahn
2008-09   Emily R. Mashack
2009-10   Brandon J. Carroll
2010-11   Henri “Bo” Going Hart
2011-12   Corbin DiMeglio
2012-13   Dustin Dorph
2013-14   Brent Ashley
2014-15   Elizabeth Lazor
2015-16   Tuna Shankar
2016-17   Alexa Parsley
2017-18   Rex Willis
2018-19   Sam Felber

Residence Hall Federation—A Civilian Interdormitory Council for male civilians and a Women’s Interdormitory Council for female students were established in 1966 to handle residence hall matters. In 1972 the two councils were subsumed by a Residence Hall Federation, which coordinates programs, activities, and governments of individual residence halls.

The Class System

A student’s class year generally has been of greater significance to most Virginia Tech students than whether he or she is a member of the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class, except in the case of cadet class privileges. Students are considered members of the class year that falls four years from the time they enroll. The system has been of particular significance since 1934 when juniors of the class of 1935 inaugurated the first Class Ring Dance.

Class Presidents—Class presidents are listed below by graduating year. The first female student elected class president was Jean Y. Harshbarger, class of 1974, and the first African-American student elected class president was Donald K. “D. K.” Brockett, class of 1981.

1895   Frederick W. Simpson
1896   Osceola C. Thompson
1897   William R. Kirkpatrick
1898   Obed F. Whitehurst
1899   Archibald B. Hubard.
1900   Charles F. Brown
1901   John B. Huffard
1902   Herbert G. McCormick
1903   Eugene W. Whisnant
1904   Francis R. Butler
1905   Clarence K. Hildebrand
1906   Alpheus D. Williams
1907   Thomas J. Wright
1908   Raymond S. Hoffman
1909   Paul P. Huffard
1910   John W. Edwards
1911   Alexander A. Waldrop
1912   George W. Chappelear Jr.
1913   Houston B. Hughes
1914   Henry M. Somerville
1915   Roland L. Davis
1916   Armistead T. M. Rust
1917   Harry E. Keller
1918   James A. Bell
1919   Wendell B. Goode
1920   James E. Old
1921   Guy E. Rice
1922   Melvin R. Jones
1923   Thomas L. Oliver
1924   Robert J. Rea
1925   Hunter S. Talman
1926   Rudolph D. Michael
1927   James N. Bond
1928   Edward W. Hutchinson Jr.
1929   William P. Chrisman
1930   Roger L. Amole
1931   Darthy H. Brown
1932   Charles H. Chrisman
1933   Alexander S. Wright Jr.
1934   Leon D. Simmons
1935   Gordon W. Wildes
1936   John M. Crafton
1937   Julius C. Hulcher
1938   Edward H. Fuller
1939   James A. Gaugle
1940   Samuel E. Bonsack III
1941   Stuart Johnson
1942   Lester M. Wright
1943   William E. Davis
1944   Henry J. Dekker
1945   R. W. McCue
1946,  J. W. Kirk
1947   V. J. Moogalian
1948   John E. Scott
1949   Charles M. Forbes
1950   James E. Weaver
1951   Ronald B. Montague
1952   John A. Snider
1953   Thomas Stark III
1954   Wintfield G. Huffman
1955   Thomas J. Blair, William E. Norcross
1957   Kenneth C. Coleman
1958   William K. Barlow
1959   Robert E. Benton
1960   Danny W. Bird
1961   John T. Rice
1962   Samuel L. Lionberger
1963   David E. Lowe
1964   Robert E. Russell
1965   F. D. Magill Jr. (succeeded by Frank W. Nolen in September 1964)
1966   Kendall O. Clay
1967   Robert P. Keith
1968   Glenn A. Anderson
1969   Mark D. Musick
1970   Lester F. Langhans III
1971   James R. Mustard Jr.
1972   R. Gale King
1973   Clyde H. “Rocky” Sorrell Jr.
1974   Jean Y. Harshbarger
1975   Ernest O. Edwards
1976   William T. Clark
1977   Roy M. Martin Jr.
1978   Stephen H. Matthews
1979   Louis C. Haley
1980   Timothy McKissick
1981   Donald K. “D. K.” Brockett
1982   Wayne K. Waldrop
1983   Gregory D. Brainerd
1984   Wayland E. Hundley
1985   C. Montgomery “Monty” Wenk Jr.
1986   Charles W. Tarlton
1987   James P. O’Brien
1988   Kimble “Jay” Reynolds Jr.
1989   Greg Battaglia
1990   William D. Tyrrell Jr.
1991   Paula Radcliffe
1992   Melissa E. Byrne
1993   Beth L. Rexroad
1994   Keith C. “Casey” Coutray
1995   Shannon P. Milliken
1996   T. Rutherford Watkins III
1997   James P. O’Connell
1998   Jennifer B. Ginther
1999   Raphael Castillejo
2000   Lauren Esleeck
2001   Jonathan Harmer
2002   Erin Miller
2003   Grant Hill
2004   Nicole Reynolds
2005   Robyn Daniel
2006   Sumeet Bagai
2007   Russell Davis
2008   Michael Dunleavy
2009   Adeel Khan
2010   Brian Golden
2011   Nathan Lavinka
2012   Sandy Bass
2013   Tyler Campbell
2014   Jay Michael Tucker
2015   Jean-Luc Ford
2016   Luke Carroll
2017   Pat Finn
2018   Chris Saunders
2019   Billy Lin
2020  Greg Klatt
2021   Grant Bommer
2022   Danielle Panico
2023   Prince Wang

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