Western Carolina University’s new student body president, Alecia Lorann Page, was recently elected to a leadership position with the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments and she also was chosen to receive one of that organization’s highest honors.
Page was elected to serve as senior vice president of the ASG during the group’s April meeting. The ASG, composed of student body presidents and three delegates from each of the 17 UNC system schools, advocates for educational affordability and accessibility for UNC students.
At the same meeting, Page was announced as this year’s recipient of the ASG’s Eve Marie Carson Servant Leader Award. Named in honor of a UNC-Chapel Hill student body president who was killed in 2008, the award is bestowed annually on a UNC system student who exemplifies the characteristics of a servant leader and serves as a role model for aspiring student leaders.
Page was chosen to receive the Carson Award in recognition of her work with “Cuts Hurt,” a student-led campaign to communicate with state legislators about the detrimental effects of state budget cuts on students in the UNC system. Page came up with the idea for the campaign, which started on WCU’s campus before it was adopted by the ASG and spread to all UNC system schools.
“I was incredibly honored to receive the Eve Marie Carson Award, but there were multiple other students within ASG who fought for college affordability and quality of education in the UNC system,” Page said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work beside such dedicated, passionate student leaders who will impact the future of our state, and I look forward to making this year a successful one for ASG and for WCU’s Student Government Association.”
A rising senior from Shelby who is majoring in English with a concentration in literature, Page was elected by WCU students in April to serve as president of the university’s SGA for the 2012-13 academic year. She had previously served as SGA vice president.
In her role as student body president in Cullowhee, Page will serve as an ex-officio member of the WCU Board of Trustees. She was sworn in to that position at the board’s quarterly meeting on Friday, June 8.
Page is the daughter of John and Chrystal Page of Shelby. She graduated from Crest Senior High School in 2009.