MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University has new student leaders, including a Wood County resident, following the announcement of the 2013 Student Government Association election on Feb. 28.
Ryan Campione, a senior industrial engineering major from Morgantown, was elected president.
Benjamin Seebaugh, a senior political science, international studies and women and gender studies major from Parkersburg, was named vice president. Seebaugh is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School.
Both led the Revolution Party, which was elected to every position, defeating THE (Trusted, Hardworking, Experienced) Party.
"It's extremely humbling, because Ben and I have spent so many years in student government. It's such a great feeling to know that students bought into our message and believe in us," Campione said.
Campione and Seebaugh said their first initiatives will be improving SGA transparency by adding a visible budget and aiding students in unforeseen problems by providing the possibility to deal with those problems without affecting their semester, according to WVU relations/news.
A total of 4,289 students or more than 15 percent of the student body voted in the election, which was held at the Mountainlair, the Student Recreation Center and three other rotating locations for three days. That was 1,608 more students than in the 2012 election.
The board consists of a president, vice president, a board of 15 governors and two athletic councilors. Election results were certified by the SGA Judicial Board on March 1.
Those elected will take over following an inauguration in March.
Local students elected to the SGA board of governors were Morgan Riddle, a sophomore international studies, Russian and French major from Ripley; George Capel, a sophomore political science major from Parkersburg, and Katie Heller, a junior public relations major from St. Marys.