Jacob Van Der Schans, a junior Business Management major from Frisco, was elected 2015-16 Student Government Association vice president for the University of Texas at Tyler. Van Der Schans, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, has served on the SGA for several semesters and also plays on the UT Tyler Tennis team.
As vice president, he will assist the President in the execution of their duties; perform the duties of the President in the case of absence; serve as liaison to the Faculty Senate; with advice of the Executive Board, have the authority to assign SGA Senators to a standing committee; and oversee the planning and execution of all SGA events.
In April, the student body elected the following SGA executive board: President- Alexander Free; Vice President- Jacob Van Der Schans; Secretary- Divya Srinivasan; Treasurer- Matthew Markert; Parliamentarian- Radha Nabar.
The Student Government Association serves as a recognized forum for student opinion at The University of Texas at Tyler.
Comprised of all students enrolled at UT Tyler, SGA assists the university in identifying — and communicating to the university community — the interests, programs and goals of the majority of students. The association also assists in providing students with programs to meet their needs.
The student body elects SGA officers and representatives annually. In addition, UT Tyler students have opportunities to participate in SGA by serving on one or more standing committees including Student Life, Communications and Rules committees. Any student may join a committee by speaking to the committee chair.
Through SGA, students also serve on several university committees, including the Academic Affairs Committee, Student Affairs Advisory Committee and Arts and Performance Complex Advisory Committee.