New student leaders to focus on encouraging student development, boosting school pride

Friday, May 23, 2014

Though the campaign slogans for the three most visible student leaders elected to serve their peers were all different,  their platforms centered on two common themes: promoting student development and increasing school pride.

Aaron Russell

Aaron Russell
Student Government Association President Aaron Russell, Miss SC State University 2014-2015 Kelsey Butler and Tré Addison, who made history as the first Mister South Carolina State University, are the top new student leaders for the upcoming academic year.


Russell, a junior business economics major from Tampa, Fla., led his campaign based on the theme “Welcome to the Black Ivy League,” which focused on encouraging students to pursue excellence in their academic, personal and professional worlds.

“I want the focus of the year to be student development as well as student empowerment. We need to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship throughout the student body. As president, I want to encourage my executive board to be innovative and to emphasize that we need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to solving community and campus issues,” Russell said.

Butler, a junior English education major, will represent as the university’s official host, Miss South Carolina State University. Raised in Powder Springs, Ga., Butler led her campaign on the platform, “Serve, Model, Invest, Lead and Execute (SMILE) to Make a Difference.”

Kelsey Butler

Kelsey Butler
“I plan to serve the SC State community and the greater Orangeburg community by modeling excellence in diverse circumstances, investing my time in the development of myself and others, humbly leading and working hard to execute every ambitious endeavor,” said Butler.


Upon receiving news of her victory, Butler expressed excitement and enthusiasm in assuming her role as Miss South Carolina State University.

“Being named the 77th Miss South Carolina State University is an honor to which I will forever be indebted. I am thankful and extremely blessed to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on others and to continue the strong legacy that was set before me,” she said.

Addison, a junior computer science major from Summerville, S.C., was named Mister South Carolina State University. As the first Mister South Carolina State University in the institution’s 118-year history, Addison described the honor as “a blessing and a truly humbling experience.”

He plans to improve the image of SC State by carrying out his vision through the platform, Students Taking a New Direction (STAND).

Tré Addison

Tré Addison
“Words alone could not express the overwhelming flood of emotions and sense of achievement I felt when it was announced that I won. It gives me great honor to be given the opportunity to share and implement my vision through my university,” said Addison.


“I intend to fully activate my platform STAND to help redefine the image of SC State students. I want students to have a strong sense of pride for attending SC State so that others will see and want SC State to be their first choice,” he continued.

The new leaders, who were elected in April, comprise the Executive Leadership Council, which includes Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board, Royal Court as well as the class officers.