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Student Government at UNI 1916-1970, 1970-Present

Cyndi Hovden
President Cyndi Hovden addresses the Student Senate, c. 1968.


Brief Outline of the History of Student Government

Student government has existed since the earliest days of the Iowa State Normal School, now the University of Northern Iowa. However, for about the first forty years of the school's history, student government was considerably different from what it is now. In the early days, student government consisted of two kinds of organization. First, each class and, sometimes, each curricular track in each class, elected a president, a vice president, and several other officers, such as a secretary and a treasurer. These officers were responsible for organizing social functions and athletic competition for their class, and, often, for selecting a class gift. The other kind of student government consisted of officers of the literary societies. Nearly all students belonged to literary societies, whose purpose was to provide opportunities to learn parliamentary procedure and to participate in debate and oratory. The societies prepared students to become better teachers and more responsible citizens.

Not until the fall of 1916 did a broader form of student government emerge that has persisted to this day. The first name for this more inclusive form of government, which purported to represent all of the students of the school, was the Student Council. The Student Council "aimed to formulate student opinion and give it means of expression." This name persisted until 1945 when it was changed to the Student League Board. In 1965 the name became the Student Senate. In 1970 the name changed to University of Northern Iowa Student Association, or UNISA. In 1989 the group took on its current name, Northern Iowa Student Government. Name changes were typically accompanied by substantive constitutional changes.The form and strength of student government, as well as the issues which it took to be its purview, varied considerably over the years.

For many years, another form of student government, based on gender, existed simultaneously with the more general form of student government. By 1929, with the arrival of Sadie B. Campbell as the new Dean of Women, the Women's League was formed. In 1949 this women's governance group changed its name to Associated Women Students. This group persisted until 1972. By 1934 the men had organized themselves into a group called Men's Union. This group persisted until 1969. These groups tended to focus their efforts on matters that were perceived to be gender specific. In some cases, the men's and women's governance organizations had representatives in the more general student governance body.

At least one other form of student governance arose early, probably about 1915, and continues to function to this day: residence hall government. This form of student government has tended to focus its efforts on planning social activities, assisting in policy development and implementation, and in administering justice for minor infractions in residence halls. Records relating to this form of governance are sketchy.

The links below lead to rosters of officers of the major student government organizations at the University of Northern Iowa. There are occasional question marks in the rosters that reflect gaps or ambiguities in the historical record.

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Student Council

1916-1917

  • President:  Jesse E. Shedd
  • Vice President:  Charles Frank Perrott

1917-1918

  • President: ?
  • Vice President: ?

1918-1919

  • President: ?
  • Vice President: ?

1919-1920

  • President: ?
  • Vice President: ?

1920-1921

  • President:  Clay Cowan
  • Vice President: ?

1921-1922

  • President:   Dale J. Welsch
  • Vice President:  Carrie Albatina Watson

1922-1923

  • President:  Roy E. Brown
  • Vice President:  Merle R. Francis

1923-1924

  • President:  Earl London
  • Vice President:  Joe Van Der Brink

1924-1925

  • President:   Edwin Brockman, part of fall term; Raymond T. Moore, remainder of year
  • Vice President:  George Churchill

1925-1926

  • President:  Millard Horton
  • Vice President: ?

1926-1927

  • President: George Schlesselman
  • Vice President: Don Clikeman

1927-1928

  • President: ?
  • Vice President: ?

1928-1929

  • President:  Harold Hopkins
  • Vice President:  Ralph Childs

1929-1930

  • President:  Mary E. Wiler
  • Vice President:  Helen Cowie

1930-1931

  • President:  Gerald Baxter
  • Vice President:   Wilhelmina L. Haley

1931-1932

  • President:  Robert K. Burley
  • Vice President:  Wendell Bragonier

1932-1933

  • President:  Wendell Bragonier
  • Vice President:  Marjorie Harker

1933-1934

  • President:   Lorinne Crawford
  • Vice President:  Robert A. Brown

1934-1935

  • President:   David Grant
  • Vice President:  John S. Beebee

1935-1936

  • President:   John S. Beebee
  • Vice President:  John A. Cowie

1936-1937

  • President:  Myrtle Telleen
  • Vice President:  Wava H. Trunnell

1937-1938

  • President:   Phil Connell
  • Vice President:  Merle Anderson

1938-1939

  • President:  Joseph Andrews Beavo
  • Vice President: ?

1939-1940

  • President:  John Cross
  • Vice President:  Mary E. Rickert

1940-1941

  • President:  Dugan Laird
  • Vice President:  Charlene Gilbert

1941-1942

  • President:  Alvira Halvorson
  • Vice President:  Charles Faukler Todd

1942-1943

  • President:  Ted Cross
  • Vice President:   Donald Porter

1943-1944

  • President:   Penelope Scott?
  • Vice President: ?

1944-1945

  • President:  Leadership changed frequently due to shifting wartime enrollment
  • Vice President: ?

Student League Board

1945-1946

  • President:  Leona Bro
  • Vice President: ?

1946-1947

  • President:  Samuel A. Edgar
  • Vice President: ?

1947-1948

  • President:  Gerald Leeman
  • Vice President: ?

1948-1949

  • President: Gordon Strayer
  • Vice President: ?

1949-1950

  • President:  Thomas Clay
  • Vice President: ?

1950-1951

  • President:  Richard Shephard
  • Vice President: ?

1951-1952

  • President:  Donald Peters
  • Vice President: ?

1952-1953

  • President:  Donald Moskowitz
  • Vice President:   Joe Van Der Brink

1953-1954

  • President:  Ronald William Roskens; Thomas William Hansmeier
  • Vice President: ?

1954-1955

  • President:  Richard Leib
  • Vice President:  Donald Holland

1955-1956

  • President:   Leonard A. Froyen
  • Vice President:  Donald Adams

1956-1957

  • President:  Douglas Doerzmen
  • Vice President: ?

1957-1958

  • President:  Malcolm Brinkers
  • Vice President: ?

1958-1959

  • President:  Kenneth L. Fairchild
  • Vice President:  Thomas Price

1959-1960

  • President:  Erik Farley
  • Vice President:  Carole Musgrave

1960-1961

  • President:  David Stanard
  • Vice President: ?

1961-1962

  • President:  James Daman (resigned in December)
  • Vice President: ?

1962-1963

  • President:  Arlen Gullickson
  • Vice President: ?

1963-1964

  • President:  John Finnessy
  • Vice President: ?

1964-1965

  • President:  David Nagle
  • Vice President: ?

Student Senate

1965-1966

  • President:  Daniel T. Jorgensen
  • Vice President: ?

1966-1967

  • President:  Gary Reid
  • Vice President:  Roger Carver

1967-1968

  • President:  Bruce Upchurch
  • Vice President:   Ilona Smith

1968-1969

  • President:  Cyndi Hovden
  • Vice President:  James L. Hoel

1969-1970

  • President:   Robert Harold Johnson
  • Vice President:  Richard C. Moore

University of Northern Iowa Student Association (UNISA)

1970-1971

  • President:  G. Michael Conlee
  • Vice President:  Keith Stamp; Philip Lee Patton

1971-1972

  • President:   Keith Stamp
  • Vice President:  Jane Little Leonard; ? Linn

1972-1973

  • President:  James L. Maas
  • Vice Presidents:  Vicki Gach; Nancy Austin

1973-1974

  • President:  James L. Stewart
  • Vice Presidents:  Becky Rouse (Administration); Travis L. Smiley (Academics)

1974-1975

  • President:  David Sheridan
  • Vice Presidents:  Sue Kiesel (Administration); Neil Montz (Academics)

1975-1976

  • President:  Otis J. King
  • Vice Presidents:  Nate McCoy (Administration); Brenda Tomlinson (Academics)

1976-1977

  • President:  Ann Brenden
  • Vice Presidents:  Carolyn Henderson (Administration); Janet Callahan (Academics); Patrick Shaeffer (Programming); Dennis Perdock (Finance)

1977-1978

  • President:  Janet Callahan
  • Vice Presidents:  Roland Caldwell (Administration); Scott Beckman (Academics)

1978-1979

  • President:  Angel Naber
  • Vice Presidents:  Scott Hippert (Administration), fall semester; Martin L. Skubinna (Administration), spring semester; Mike Hawker (Academics); Martin L. Skubinna (Programming), spring semester; Jeff Knight (Finance), spring semester

1979-1980

  • President:  Roger Herrick, elected, but resigned before taking office; Craig Lathrop
  • Vice Presidents:  Bruce Wedeking (Academics); Chirs White (Programming); Mike Lang (Finance)

1980-1981

  • President:  James Chris Gammack
  • Vice Presidents:  Margaret Pochop (Administration)

1981-1982

  • President:  Rusty Martin
  • Vice Presidents:  David Burrow (Administration); Diane Finnerty (Academics); Ray Johnson (Programming); Margaret Sulentic (Finance)

1982-1983

  • President:  Rusty Martin
  • Vice Presidents:  Diane Finnerty (Administration and Housing Director); Steve Baumel (Programming); Anne Sundberg (Programming), left office; Ginner Mull (Finance)

1983-1984

  • President:  James Hessburg
  • Vice Presidents:  Jean Mauss (Administration); Jim Fletcher (Academics); Kande Hooten (Programming); Tami Hillary (Finance)

1984-1985

  • President:   Mary "Dody" Olson
  • Vice Presidenst:  Bill Burke (Administration); John Klotzbach (Academics); Jim Dittrich (Programming)

1985-1986

  • President:  Michael Hager
  • Vice Presidents:  Dave Schoon (Administration); Don Findlay (Academics); Kerisa Chung (Programming); Eric Nielsen (Finance)

1986-1987

  • President:  Connie Hessburg
  • Vice Presidents:  Mike Smith (Administration); Mary Pieper (Academics); Keith Franzen (Programming); Jack Cummings (Finance)

1987-1988

  • President:  Michelle Wubben
  • Vice Presidents:  Marty Arndt (Administration); Margaret Curran (Academics); Kim Landis (Programming); Mike Wharff (Finance)

1988-1989

  • President:  David Sanders
  • Vice Presidents:  Oren Griff (Administration); Margaret Curran (Academics); Kurt Jensen (Programming); Howard Flatt (Finance)

1989-1990

  • President:  David Boyer 
    (continued as President when name of organization changed to NISG, September 1989)
  • Vice Presidents:  Margaret Curran (Academics)

 

Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG)

1989-1990

  • President: David Boyer 
    (elected President of UNISA; continued as President of NISG after change in organizational name in September 1989)
  • Vice President: ?

1990-1991

  • President: Lisa Raine
  • Vice President: ?

1991-1992

  • President: Ronald R. Woodall
  • Vice President: ?

1992-1993

  • President: Michael J. Dawson
  • Vice President: Aaron Putze

1993-1994

  • President: Keith Saunders
  • Vice President: Bethany D. Krueger

1994-1995

  • President: Bethany D. Krueger
  • Vice President: Erin Rempe

1995-1996

  • President: Paul Olson
  • Vice President: Threase Harms

1996-1997

  • President: Threase Harms
  • Vice President: Andrew C. Abbott

1997-1998

  • President: Teresa Manley
  • Vice President: Matthew D. Bunting

1998-1999

  • President: Matthew A. Close
  • Vice President: Scott Meskimen

1999-2000

  • President: Nicholas Arnold
  • Vice President: Andrea Nechanicky

2000-2001

  • President: Daniel F. Sterenchuk
  • Vice President: Michael D. Russell

2001-2002

  • President: Adam Briddell
  • Vice President: Kellie Greiner

2002-2003

  • President: Jeffrey A. Scudder
  • Vice President: Emiliano Lerda

2003-2004

  • President: Emiliano Lerda
  • Vice President: Nathaniel Green

2004-2005

  • President: Brendon Moe
  • Vice President: Joseph D. Murphy

2005-2006

  • President: Joseph D. Murphy
  • Vice President: Tarek Fahmey

2006-2007

  • President: Grant Erwin
  • Vice President: Jennifer Younie

2007-2008

  • President: Andrew Morse
  • Vice President: Adam Bentley

2008-2009

  • President:  Pernell Cezar, Jr.
  • Vice President:  Clarence Lobdell, III

2009-2010

  • President:  Adam Haselhuhn
  • Vice President:  Jake Rudy

2010-2011

  • President::  Joel Anderson
  • Vice President:  Emma Hashman

2011-2012

  • President:  Spencer Walrath
  • Vice President:  Ian Goldsmith

2012-2013

  • President:  Jordan Bancroft-Smithe
  • Vice President:  KaLeigh White

2013-1014

  • President:  Thomas K. Madsen
  • Vice President:  Blake T. Findley

2014-2015

  • President:  Kevin Gartman
  • Vice President:  Paul K. Andersen

 


Based on research by Student Assistant Shanna Taylor; Web page developed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, February-March 2007; last updated, April 2, 2012 (GP).