FAYETTEVILLE — After a debate that stretched on for more than an hour, the UNC-system Association of Student Governments elected Zack King from N.C. State University as the organization's new president — giving him the one student seat on the system's Board of Governors.
King will lead ASG with Davonte Belle of UNC-Charlotte, who will serve as senior vice president. Belle replaced Shelby Dawkins-Law, president of UNC-CH's Graduate and Professional Student Federation, who decided not to continue running because of personal reasons.
An extensive discussion preceded the vote, where members discussed the merits of the candidates including charisma, pragmatism and past experience. Three teams were vying for the top two leadership positions.
Belle said the decision left him shocked and surprised.
“I was just thinking you never know what life will throw at you, and what will happen, so at the end of the day, I am very happy with the decisions that were made with the delegation today," he said. “I think Zack and I will do great things next year."
A renewed focus on advocacy
King said he hopes to increase ASG’s presence across the system next year in the 44th session — including setting up tables on campuses and conducting polls on issues facing students, such as sexual assault and racism on campus.
He said not many students know what the association is.
“I think this is probably one of the most important years ASG has had in its existence, because we are completely changing it from a legislative model to an advocacy model,” King said.