The East Carolina University Student Government Association president, senior finance major Timothy Schwan of Hampstead, was inducted as an ex-officio member of ECU’s Board of Trustees on July 18. He said he is excited to represent the students and voice their needs and concerns.
During his tenure, Schwan hopes to enhance communication, recruit a new generation of leaders and implement a roundtable for student-leaders. The roundtable would serve as a platform for representatives of student organizations to voice the perspective of their groups.
He considers his role as SGA president as being an advocate for the student body. He plans to attend every meeting and participate in committees to ensure that students are informed. “If we’re not here for everybody, we’re not doing what we are supposed to be doing,” said Schwan.
“We want a good year of open communication,” he said. He plans to incorporate a web and social media presence to ensure a transparent administration and awareness among students of decisions being made.
Schwan has been active with many different organizations at ECU. “I’ve been through many organizations and I try to do it all,” said Schwan. He describes himself as a well-rounded person, who goes to all of his classes, attends every tailgate and is present in church on Sundays.
Schwan’s leadership roles have included senator for the SGA; ECU Ambassador, president and scholarship chair for the Interfraternity Council; and vice president, scholarship chair and president of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He is a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipient and a former member of the Jarvis Leadership Program.
Schwan said he feels like his professors care about students’ success. “They have gone above and beyond to help me when I come to them,” said Schwan.
He was influenced most by ECU English instructor Mellissa Dempsey, who taught English 1100 and 1200. His favorite class at ECU so far was investments, taught by finance professor Frederick Schadler. “It was cool because we got to play an investments game and it was interesting to buy and trade stocks with the computer software,” he said.
Preparing for a new school year as president, Schwan said he looks forward to the first day of class, all the excitement and the refreshing new start. “Everyone’s buzzing and no one is stressed out yet,” he said.
“I’m pumped to be a Board member…I even got some new ties,” Schwan said.
This past April, Schwan's complete ticket was voted into office: Vice President Jesse Breaux of Charlotte, Secretary Kara Dough of Asheboro and Treasurer Brooks Barrett of Dunn.
Written by: Jamitress Bowden
Photography by: Cliff Hollis