SGA Executive Branch
The Executive Branch of the Student Government Association is led by the President and Vice President. They have a small cabinet of advisors that keep them informed about all aspects of campus life. The Executive Branch is responsible for faithfully executing all laws set forth by the Legislative Branch, insuring that they are properly addressed by the appropriate administrators at the University of Memphis. The Executive Branch also advises the Freshman Senate.
Matthew White is no stranger on the University of Memphis campus. As a Senior pursuing a bachelor’s in business administration majoring in Accounting with a focus in Finance, he plans to further his education by attending law school in the future. Matthew has held several leadership roles throughout his college career. He has served as Vice President for the Student Government Association as well as a senator for the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, and a chairman for the Campus Safety Committee. As Vice-President, he partnered with the Dean of Students Office to pinpoint the struggles that students are having during this virtual world and successfully implemented mental health initiatives for students, reviewed the Campus Police Guidelines with the Director of Police Services to ensure they are safe and effective for all tigers. He also facilitated the Mr. and Miss University of Memphis Program. In addition, he hosted opportunities for one-on-one meetings with students and hosted “Power Hours” to give students a chance to have their voices heard. Matthew takes his academics very seriously, by being enrolled in the Helen Harden Honors College, Phi Kappa Phi, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Matthew is embedded in the university beyond the student government association, he is a Weeks of Welcome Leader, a Tiger Elite Student Recruiter, and has served on the Student Activities Council. As President of the Student Government Association, Matthew has a strong plan of action to help students strive for success. He is working diligently to create awareness for all the campus resources offered at the University of Memphis by promoting the resources with in-person events and utilizing the networking of social media. Due to the City of Memphis’ ranking in the lower portion of sustainability in the United States, Matthew’s plan of action to combat this major issue is to work with the dining provider to implement more sustainable practices in the dining halls and provide more recycling options at sporting events. He wants to direct more attention to Campus Safety and Mental Health Awareness. Matthew’s main goal is to promote his love for the Tiger Community and bring back the excitement of campus life. Overall, he wants to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students of the University of Memphis.
Kennedi Brown-Willis’ journey at the University of Memphis is a bit different from most. She came to the University of Memphis in 2019 and began her leadership endeavors after attending the University transfer extended orientation program, known as FLITE Camp. As a Senior pursuing Management with a concentration in Human Resources and a minor in Project Management, she plans to obtain her masters in Cybersecurity. Additionally, Kennedi has held several leadership roles during her two years at the University of Memphis. She has served as the Housing & Economic Planning Chair and President for the University of Memphis Chapter of NAACP, freshmen mentor for PAUSE (Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence), Student Government Association Senator, and a student representee on The University of Memphis Eradicating Systematic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Task Force and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. As President for the University of Memphis Chapter of NAACP, Kennedi partnered with the Student Government Association in the summer of 2020 during University-led protest to discuss racial injustice matters. Vowing to be driven by doing, Kennedi has remained passionate to partner with various organizations and continues to be a voice for students by participating in committees among faculty and staff as well as holding the Student Government Association accountable to ensure the best accommodations for our fellow Tigers. Some of her leadership awards for outstanding excellence include the 2020 NAACP Member of the Year and the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Since attending the University of Memphis, Kennedi is also on Dean’s List. Vowing to be the epitome of drive by doing, Kennedi currently shows gratitude by currently serving as the Executive Director for FLITE CAMP (Finding Leadership In The Transfer Experience), Weeks of Welcome Leader, and a Co-Chair for the Women’s Conference Committee for PAUSE (Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence). As the Vice President of the Student Government Association, Kennedi has a brilliant plan to make sure the University of Memphis’ values are embedded in rich, diverse and informative experiences. One of her primary focuses will be Campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, where she hopes to create a mandate for non-multicultural organizations to partner with Multicultural Affairs year-round. To bridge the gap on campus, Vice President Kennedi Brown-Willis alongside President Matthew White will create a new series called Wellness Wednesdays to increase diversity and inclusion engagements and provide discussions about Mental Health Awareness. Lastly, overseeing Student Outreach and Success will be essential to be a voice for the students and implement her duties to the highest pedigree. Kennedi’s primary goal is to make sure every Tiger feels connected to the University of Memphis while producing results and embedding our core values… no matter the tiger, no matter the stripes!