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Elisha “EJ” Hassan is a Sophomore International Economics major who has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his tenure at Marshall. A native of the Huntington community, he has been a fan of the Thundering Herd and part of the Marshall community since childhood. This year marks his third year in Student Government. Before being elected Student Body President, he served as as Secretary of the Freshmen Council and then transitioned into a Senator representing the College of Business. Most recently, he was elected Senate President Pro-Tempore (the highest ranking Senate Executive) where he has worked closely with the previous Executive Branch in order to achieve the highest level of cohesion between the Executive and Legislative branches seen in years. During his time in student government, EJ has been awarded the “Emerging Leadership Award” within student government as well as “Outstanding New Member” by the Office of Student Affairs.

EJ is heavily involved in various other student groups across campus. He was the re-founding President of the Rotaract Club which helped to raise over $1,100 this year to improve water quality in Sudan. He also is a member of the Student Advocates for Legislative Advancement, which seeks to lobby to our state officials in the interests of Marshall University students. EJ is a brother of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. He is also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition to his leadership experience on campus, he held a management and marketing position with a Huntington area restaurant during his two year employment with them.

Finally, EJ serves on many different committees within Marshall University. These committees include: The University Calendar Committee, Budget & Academic Policy Committee, Student Conduct & Welfare Committee, Homecoming Planning Committee, International Festival Planning Committee, Subcommittee to Reform Grade Appeals, and the Committee to Reform University Excused Absences.

EJ continues to live by the quote from the famous financier J.P. Morgan which reads: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”