New officers for Graduate Student Association announced

New officers have been elected to lead the Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina for the 2017-2018 academic year. The GSA serves to advocate on behalf of the interests of nearly 7000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina.

President Clint Saidy is a second-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to being elected President, he was the Graduate Student Association’s Secretary of International Student Affairs. During his time at USC, Clint has also been a graduate advisor for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of South Carolina. Clint currently serves on the Search Committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence Director. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking.

Vice-President Jennifer Mandelbaum is a second-year PhD student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. Prior to being elected Vice President, Jennifer was the Graduate Student Association’s Secretary for Alumni Affairs, where she also worked on issues related to graduate student professional development. Jennifer is a Presidential Fellow, co-chair of the Advisory Council on Professional Development for Graduate Students, and steering committee member of USC’s IHI Open School chapter. In her free time, she is an avid baker and occasional runner.

Treasurer Tony Brown is currently a doctoral student in the Health Services Policy and Management department and a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina. Tony worked in corporate banking for five years maintaining a mortgage portfolio as well as credit resolutions. He is excited to work with other student leaders in creating an atmosphere of success, compassion, and support for graduate students.

Graduate Council Representative Matthew Owens entered the College of Social Work in the Fall of 2016 where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree. Matt is passionate about social justice, and is eager to utilize his skills in advocacy and awareness both as he continues his education at the Children’s Law Center and as he serves the graduate student body as Graduate Council Representative.

The goals of the GSA include graduate student advocacy, academic enrichment and graduate student support. The GSA strives to be the leading advocate for the academic, social, and professional goals of graduate students at USC.

The strategic direction of the group under the new leadership will be to increase and encourage research opportunities, enhance the GSA’s partnerships and enrich the total student experience. Learn more by downloading the Mission, Vision and Values document here.

Visit the GSA website to learn more.