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Najee Rodriguez Elected Student Body President

Shortly after polls closed this evening, junior Najee Rodriguez was elected as Penn State’s next student body president.

Rodriguez was elected alongside his running mate, Sydney Gibbard, in an uncontested race. The duo will serve as the president and vice president for UPUA’s 17th Assembly.

Together, Rodriguez and Gibbard garnered 2,053 votes (85.6%) on Thursday, while nearly 350 votes went to ineligible write-ins. In total, just under 2,400 students voted — down from 3,300 in 2021 and nearly 5,000 in 2020.

Rodriguez is a history and international politics major from Orlando, Florida. For the past year, he’s served as Penn State’s student body vice president, alongside president Erin Boas. Rodriguez has also previously served within UPUA as a first-year representative, a College of the Liberal Arts representative, and the first-ever chair of UPUA’s Justice and Equity Committee. Rodriguez will be the first queer person of color to serve as student body president.

Gibbard, also a junior, is from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She’s majoring in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology. Most recently, Gibbard served as UPUA’s speaker of the assembly, but she also has experience as the vice-chair of academic affairs, faculty senate student senator, and a College of Engineering representative.

Additionally, the following at-large and academic representatives were elected to serve in UPUA’s 17th Assembly.

At-Large Representatives

  • Giselle Concepcion
  • Elliot Copeland
  • Kayla Davidson
  • Carter Gangl
  • Marissa Gillespie
  • Isabel Graham
  • Simran Kakar
  • Conor Kelley
  • David Morgan
  • Elijah Neal
  • Nora O’ Toole
  • Zachary Perrin
  • Vikram Raj
  • Joshua Reynolds
  • Daniel Rodgers III
  • Lev Rotkin
  • Siddharth Shah
  • Zion Sykes
  • Jordan Deibler
  • Mitchell Scordo

Academic Colleges

College of Education

Giani Clarke

College of Engineering

Kyle Quinn

College of the Liberal Arts

Isaiah Johnson

Smeal College of Business

Ryan Setzenfand

College of Agricultural Sciences

Brandon Bixler

Bellisario College of Communications

Owen Haddad

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Matthew Roy

Eberly College of Science

Vincent Smedile

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Ava Phillips

College of Arts and Architecture

Ky McKenna

Schreyer Honors College

Tori Kovalchick

College of Informational Sciences and Technology

Chris Virostek

College of Health and Human Development

Jenna Angel

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a senior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]

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