Ferris State University student Byron Terrell Williams will take the reins as president of the university’s Student Government organization for the 2012-13 school year.
Williams, a junior majoring in Public Relations, has been a member of Student Government since the Fall 2009 semester. After joining nine registered student organizations during his first semester on campus three years ago, he developed a passion for the Ferris student body and knew he wanted to make a difference on campus.
“I felt like it was my time to step up,” said Williams, of Pontiac. “I felt like I was the most experienced since I’ve been a Student Government member for two-and-a-half years.”
Williams plans to focus on student issues with the help of the 40-member organization.
“I want to shift and go back to asking students about issues on campus. It’s so hard to get feedback from students,” he said. “I really want to implement some systems where we can hear from students in a more convenient way.”
Williams’ journey through Student Government began as a general assembly member and later stepped in as director of public relations for the 2011-12 school year. He said what he loves most about Student Government is how it prepares students for their careers by gaining experience in event planning, budgeting and professionalism. He is looking forward to seeing members’ growth, as well as his own.
“I’m looking forward to seeing growth in myself. This is not an easy position, and I will be challenged,” Williams said. “I’m excited to see the growth in members and to see them step up too.”
He believes that in order to have a successful Student Government, members should be open to change and bring what they are learning in the classroom into practice.