"Each semester, a RWS member will be featured on this site where they have the opportunity to reflect on their time spent in Student Government at ECU."
Spotlight On: David Lloyd
President of The Robert Wright Society and former SGA President, 1968.
"Leadership is a spark. It’s an internal spark within a person. It’s a skill set where someone is willing to risk making changes. Not discussing change, but making change happen."
“I will never forget standing on the steps of the 3rd Floor of my office looking out over the Wright Fountain on a beautiful, sunny April day. I watched as the students mingled, and sat on the stairs of the auditorium. A fellow officer approached me and said, “Don’t you want to be out there with the other students on this beautiful spring day?” I smiled and replied, “No, friend. I am supposed to be right where I’m at.” I realized even back then what a wonderful gift I had been given to have the opportunity to learn how to lead, to experience leadership and embrace the opportunity I had to contribute to my fellow students. It was an honor for me to be able to serve as a leader in Student Government, at that time in history and that experience helped to prepare me for my future. For that I will always be grateful.”
“In 1968-69 East Carolina’s Student Government Association had the second largest budget in the nation- second only to The University of California at Berkley. The administration entrusted so many daily student functions to our staff. Dr. Leo Jenkins gave us tremendous respect, but also held us accountable for the responsibility that comes with having authority.” “The year I was President, we implemented East Carolina’s first transit system. We bought two buses; one purple and one gold. The girls rode the purple bus and the guys rode the gold bus if I remember correctly.”
His Mentor: Dr. Leo Jenkins
“Dr. Jenkins was a tremendous leader. He gave me a reception at his home to celebrate my graduation. His vision was infectious. He recognized how impoverished communities in eastern NC were at that time and wanted to change that. He knew a medical program at East Carolina could make a huge impact, not just for East Carolina, but for the people in the east. Dr. Leo Jenkins was never satisfied. He saw the imminent need to help the people in the east through growing our University and our medical community.”