SGA President Pickens receives Potts Leadership Award
8/8/2012 12:30:25 PM
ATLANTA (Aug. 8,
2012) —This year's recipient of the Regent Willis J. Potts Student Advisory
Council (SAC) Leadership Award is Patrick Pickens, the second-term Student
Government Association president at North Georgia College & State
|SGA President Patrick Pickens, right, receives the SAC Leadership Award from Regent Willis J. Potts, for whom the award is named.
"Pickens is very committed to the student body of North
Georgia College & State University and the institution's success, as well
as the University System as a whole," said Tonya Lam, USG SAC advisor.
The Cumming, Ga., resident is a rising senior majoring in
chemistry and biology. Pickens is also conducting undergraduate research in
biochemistry, while serving on several campuswide committees, including the
Campus Consolidation Implementation Committee for North Georgia and Gainesville
"I am incredibly blessed to receive an award named for
Regent Potts – someone who leaves a lasting impression upon first meeting him.
His leadership in the state of Georgia is something that I strive to emulate
and look up to," said Pickens. "North Georgia has provided me with an
environment that cultivates leaders and pushes students to their utmost
The award is in its third year, and this marks the second
time a North Georgia student has been selected for the honor. The award was
established in 2009 by SAC, an advisory council composed of student government
association presidents at all USG institutions. The SAC membership named the
award in honor of Potts' leadership, service and commitment to University
Each year the membership of the SAC anonymously votes for
one of its members who has attended at least three SAC conferences or sponsored
events and exhibited strong leadership in the organization. The student must
also demonstrate knowledge about the USG, its policies and operations. And
finally, the student must be open, honest, respectful of others and
enthusiastic in the engagement of all SAC activities and conferences.
The Student Advisory Council was formed in 1968 and provides
a forum for communications between University System students, the chancellor,
the board, state officials and the public. The council promotes better student
government at institutions and discusses issues affecting USG students.