Reese Evans announced as next year's Student Body President
Financial District, NEW YORK--King's students gathered in the lobby Friday for the results of the race for Student Body President (SBP). Current SBP, Maxine Fileta announced that she will be succeeded next year by Reese Evans ('16). Evans, who is currently President of the House of Ronald Reagan, received 56.6 percent of the votes in a run-off election against Tyler Hinsley ('16), with a total of 144 votes. Evans received 45.5 percent of the votes in the initial voting earlier this week.
"I’m excited to serve along all the students, and expand our mission and our vision of the school," Evans told the Tribune after the announcement. "It’s going to be a great year next year."
Looking back on the last few weeks of campaigning, which included a run-off election and allegations of plagiarism in The Lewis Review, another student publication, Evans said that "I’m happy it’s over. It was difficult, but I learned a lot through it, and I learned a lot of things that I believe will help me become a better Student Body President next year, so it was all worth it."
Only 58.3 percent of the student body voted in the run-off election, a significant drop from the 70 percent turnout for the initial voting.
Administrative Director for Student Development, Megan Phelps thinks the SBP election came at a strategic time.
"Regardless of the winner people are thinking of succession," Phelps said. "This comes at the point when many of our Houses are going on retreats and [succession planning] should be a largely discussed topic."