About Student Government

Purpose of the Student Government Association

The members of the Student Government Association are dedicated to: staying aware of the general welfare of the student body; serving as a channel of communication between the student body, faculty and administration; establishing and executing programs and projects beneficial to the student body, and promoting and improving relations between the local community and the student body.


 SGA Executive Officers

Every spring semester the student body elects three Executive Officers. Each Executive Officer is over a branch of the Student Government Association (SGA). The President oversees the Executive Branch, the Vice President oversees the Legislative Branch, and the Chief Justice oversees the Judicial Branch. The 2023-2024 SGA Executive Officers are:


Lacey Johnson President - Lacey Johnson 

Lacey Johnson, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing with a Minor Business Administration at Southeastern Louisiana University. 

She has served as SGA Freshman Senator and the SGA Chief of Staff. Through her roles in SGA, she has served on the Homecoming Committee, Auxiliary Service Board, Student Technology Fee Committee, the Big Event Committee, the Bonfire Committee, and Swipe Out Hunger. She has also served in multiple other organizations including Campus Activities Board, being a 2022 Orientation Leader as well as being in the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. All of these organizations have given Lacey the skills needed to be a great President and have all helped her to learn what it means to be a follower and a leader.  

Lacey was also awarded the Freshman of the Year award at the Division of Student Affairs Convocation in 2022.

Lacey's Platform:

I plan to leave NO Lion behind! As my platform says let’s R.A.C.E. With Lace. l want to provide more Resource awareness, Advocate for the student body, Create a safe place and Empower the students. As president one of my main goals is to create events that every student can enjoy. I believe in promoting a diverse environment so that all thoughts and beliefs can be voiced. I strive to not only make campus resources available and known, but also make them more accessible to students. I believe in making scholarships and organization grants more known to students. Above all, my goal is to empower students so that we all have the necessary willpower to succeed.


Matt Matthews

Vice President - Matt Matthews

Matt Matthews is a senior biology major pursuing an honors diploma. Before being elected as Student Government Association Vice President, Matt served as an SGA senator for the College of Science and Technology. He also served as co-chair of the Student Life committee. 
During his time at Southeastern, he started his leadership as a resident assistant where he worked with the Honors Art LLC. After his time as an RA, he helped co-found Lavender Lions, the university’s LGBTQIA+ community organization. Matt is currently the Vice President of Lavender Lions.  

Matt's Platform:

I am passionate about improving the lives of students here on campus. My main goals are to address the hardships students face and continue my work advocating for the student body. Everyone on this campus deserves to have their voice heard and their needs met. 


Chief Justice -Bailey Milburn

Bailey Milburn, a native of Chalmette, Louisiana, is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science.

He has served as a senator for the last one and a half years. While being a senator, Bailey served as the Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee. Other committees he has served on include Capital Outlay, Election Board, Homecoming, Big Event, Budget Oversight, and the University Curriculum Council. In addition to all of his work in the Student Government, Bailey is also an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, where he serves as the Vice President.

Bailey has been recognized as the 2022-2023 Legislative Branch Member of the Year and has also received the Jackie Dale Thomas Green "S" Award.

Bailey's Platform:

I want to bring more attention to the Student Government, starting from the inside. My plan is to rewrite the governing documents so that SGA can be more effective. Using my experience as a student, I want to bring about a positive change on this campus.


 SGA Advisory Team

With the assistance of the Student Government Association Graduate Assistant, the Coordinator for Student Government Association provides guidance to the officers and members of SGA to aid them in their growth as student servant-leaders.


Student Government Association Advisor- Dr. Taneshia Drake, Assistant Director of Student Engagement 

Dr. Taneshia Drake oversees the Student Government Association, ExCEL Fellows Program, as well as Student Leadership Development.



Student Government Association Graduate Assistant - Khamri Alexander 

Khamri Alexander received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with minors in Communication, Political Science, and Sociology in 2023. She is currently enrolled in the Strategic Communication Masters Program.

Student Government Association Resources and Programs

Office Services

In the Office for Student Engagement, Student Union Room 2307, SGA offers free Scantrons, BlueBooks, Pens, Pencils, and fax use. 


Every year the SGA Senate allocates money to fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program. Along with the Study Abroad Scholarships, SGA also offers an endowed scholarship in every academic college.

Travel Grants

Students can apply for grants each year to help assist in funding for educational conferences and conventions.

Departmental Grants

Departments can apply for grants each academic year to assist in funding for educational projects, programs, or events that will enhance the image of the university or benefit the student body.

Organizational Grants

The Student Government Association awards Organizational Grants to provide opportunities for Southeastern recognized student organizations and Fraternity and Sorority Life Organizations to host educational events on campus.  Organizational Grants may be awarded up to $500.

*Any questions regarding any of the grants can be addressed on our grant page, check it out here!

Capital Outlay

The Student Government Association provides funds for campus beautification and renovation projects to better our campus community. If you have an idea for a project to improve Southeastern's campus, please let us know by emailing sgasenate@southeastern.edu.

Campus Programs and Events

The Student Government Association sponsors programs and events such as Homecoming, The Big Event, voter registration events, speakers, athletic partnerships, and many other campus events.