Stephen Akers served as the 9th President of Student Government Association, during the 2017-18 academic year.

He is an accounting major from Atchison, Kansas. Originally a Nebraska kid, Stephen’s worked for a baseball complex, an underground entertainment company, and six political campaigns. In high school, Stephen served as "Head Boy" of a Harry Potter-like House System and started a "Forward in Faith" campaign promoting faith-based conferences. At Ave Maria, he served on Student Government for three years (2015-2018), chaired the President’s Council, and worked for the University throughout his entire college career. He’s strived to contribute to nearly every department on campus, including Marketing, Student Life, Physical Plant, Academic Affairs, Career Services, Security, Athletics, Library Services, Residence Life, and Dining Services. Currently, he strives to be actively involved in his community.

Student Government Record

As a Freshman Class Rep, Stephen spearheaded the new pool furniture, Project STOVE and the JPII Lobby renovation, the new SGA website and brand, Fresh Fruit Friday, the digital video boards, and Dunkin Monday.

As Treasurer, Stephen oversaw the budget and advised the Development committee. He implemented an entirely new budget system, that’s more accurate and makes reporting faster. He worked to constantly monitor spending and accounts, and did what he could to make the special 10th Anniversary Feast of the Annunciation possible, including the University’s first-ever music-timed fireworks display.

As the 9th President, Stephen set goals for the Council, gave direction, advised the Culture Committee, met with administrators, and monitored and directed the resources of the Council. His vision for the year focused on strengthening resources for clubs and households, growing the Catholic Council Network, continuing Project STOVE common space improvements, working with Dining Services to keep improving, and developing skills through representative leadership development.

The Council accomplished many of these goals, including 16 common space renovations, 87% more proposals processed, the Catholic Council Network nearly doubled in size, and the University sustainability and recycling initiative launched. His End of Year Report can be viewed here.

Additional Information

Birthday: June 18
Favorite TV Show: The Office/Parks and Recreation
Confirmation Saint: Thomas Aquinas

Favorite Quotes:
"Forward. Always Forward. Everywhere Forward."
"Live the Faith. Pursue the Truth. Strive for Excellence."
"Here's to the crazy ones... because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

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