Johnson provides behind-the-scenes SGA leadership
By Sam Nadolski
Being a senior at The University of Alabama can be a busy and challenging time. Seniors must focus on doing well in class, searching for a job and graduating. Brennan Johnson is just like every other senior, with the small exception that he has the added responsibility of ensuring that UA's Student Government Association (SGA) runs smoothly.
The Student Government Association is constantly working to impact the lives of students on campus, and executive committee members like Chief of Staff Brennan Johnson work tirelessly to ensure the SGA makes a difference. Johnson, a senior majoring in history from Cullman, Ala., was involved in Freshman Forum during his first year at UA, which led him to participate in several SGA projects. He officially began serving with the SGA during his sophomore year as an SGA senator for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Johnson said he became involved because he knew that SGA would push him to the next level in his leadership journey. Being part of UA's SGA would give him a chance to accomplish more goals and have a great impact. "When I arrived at The University of Alabama my freshman year, I knew SGA was something that I wanted to be a part of, because I had been involved in student government throughout junior high and high school and greatly enjoyed the experience," Johnson said.
He began his junior year at UA by being appointed to the chief of staff position by former president Matt Calderone. This year, he stepped up again as he was appointed to the same position by the Jimmy Taylor administration. "Serving as the Chief of Staff last year under Matt Calderone and his cabinet was a great experience, and I was proud of all that we accomplished," Johnson said. Johnson felt there was more he could do in the position by serving another year and was thankful for the opportunity. "I felt fortunate when Jimmy Taylor offered me the opportunity to serve as the chief of staff because it gave me the chance to build on some of the things that we had done last year," Johnson said.
In his role, Johnson has many duties and responsibilities, including overseeing the executive council, advising and assisting the president and managing the day-to-day operations of the SGA office. A typical day for Johnson includes activities like policy advising, organizational communication and working with the administrative office manager and program assistant for daily operations. These daily operations include helping students, overseeing applications or assisting with the SGA website, among other duties.
Brennan believes his experience with SGA is meaningful because he has the chance to leave a lasting impact. "Our university allows students to affect positive change in many different ways," Johnson said. "In my time serving as the chief of staff, I have had a great opportunity to see a vast number of projects and initiatives that have been implemented."
"[Johnson] is a shining example of a student that has helped to advance The University of Alabama during his time spent at the Capstone," said Chase Burnham, chief administrative officer. "He has definitely made a tremendous impact and left his mark here at UA."
Students like Brennan benefit from a wide variety of leadership opportunities and positions within The Division of Student Affairs. As these students become involved, they hone their leadership ability and leave their mark at The University of Alabama.
For more information on SGA, visit http://www.sga.ua.edu/.
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