Rochester Hills Student Becomes Student President at Spring Arbor University

Native Rochester Hills Student Appointed President of the Student Government Association at Spring Arbor University

At Spring Arbor University, newly appointed Student Government Association (SGA) President, junior Richard Harris, has big plans. A corporate finance major who hails from Rochester Hills, Harris chose Spring Arbor University as he delved deeper into his faith during his junior year of high school.

Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Harris’ interest in corporate finance springs from his involvement in high school student government and debate, endeavors that allowed him to develop and explore his interest in becoming a lawyer. He’s long had a knack for negotiation and mediation; in high school, he was part of a group that handled student disputes, mediating situations before their escalation into conflict and administration involvement. “People just need someone to talk to, someone to listen,” says Harris. It’s a perspective he’s applied to his life, and it’s informed his approach to the SGA presidency.

As president, Harris hopes to leave a long-lasting program structure that facilitates cooperation and communication among students within the same majors and departments. The idea is that upperclassmen have made connections with faculty and administration, have experienced the 300- and 400-level courses, and can counsel and advise those new to SAU. “With any luck, these relationships and connections will continue after graduation,” says Harris. His experiment in legacy begins this fall.

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