He defeated junior Jason Wright for the position and will replace junior Daniel “Binky” Binkoski, who did not seek reelection because he will be studying in China next semester.
“Will knows senate well,” Binkoski said. “He has charisma and big ideas, and I think that will serve him well in his new role.”
Student voting for next year’s Student Senate executive officers began online March 7. The results were revealed in an email from Ron Coffey, Ph.D., vice president for student life, March 14. Freshman Luke McConnell will be vice president and freshman Lauren Frischman will serve as secretary. Junior Sabi Rakhimova, who’s served under Binkoski since his election in 2011, was re-elected treasurer.
“I was really scared about what it’d be like working with someone other than Binky,” Rakhimova said. “I think Will is definitely an ‘idea person,’ and he’ll try to bring a lot of innovative changes to campus. With Will, it will be different, and I know it. I’m nervous, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Stauffer has been on Student Senate since his freshman year, serving as freshman class president, a senator-at-large and as commuter representative.
“Right now, I’m thinking through some different things I’d like to do, different goals I have, long term, short term,” he said. I’m kind of thinking through the whole process of what it means to be student body president.”
Stauffer plans to specifically look at the senate budget and see how they can use the money to address more student needs.
“We have an idea called ‘Shark Tank,’ a contest where we give $500 to students, and they decide what they want to do with that,” he said. “It’s always a challenge … trying to improve how we get information from students, whether that’s having surveys, being intentional one-on-one in the dorms, or having executive board lunches in the DC.”
Binkoski will hand the gavel to Stauffer at Forester Night in May.
“It’ll be a really good growing experience for me,” Stauffer said. “We’re really trying to get a good feel of what students want to happen. I think that’s really important.”