HBU Student Government Association

We, the Student Association of Houston Baptist University, by and with the consent of the faculty and administration, in order to govern ourselves more wisely; to promote greater understanding and cooperation with the faculty and administration; to foster the recognition of privileges and responsibilities of the students of the University community; to provide opportunity for responsible individual and collective action; to foster high ideals of conduct and academic standing; and to establish worthy traditions, establish the Student Association and the Student Government Association.

All currently enrolled students of Houston Baptist University shall be members of the Student Association and shall be entitled to all rights and privileges outlined therein. The Student Association members shall come from the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes; and from all colleges and schools of the University organized under their dean.



Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Voting

It’s the time of year again when we take a moment and honor our hard working faculty members through nomination for the Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award! The Opal Goolsby Award is a traditional recognition of our very best teaching on the HBU campus. Some of the best judges of great teaching are our students. Student Government Association conducts nominations each Spring for faculty representatives from each of the colleges and schools. A selection committee with representatives from Student Government Association, the faculty Professional Development Committee and the Provost’s Office examine the record of accomplishment for each nominee and carefully select the faculty member who best represents the ideals of outstanding teaching. We’re proud to shine the spotlight on these wonderful examples of wisdom and inspiration on the HBU campus. Vote here to recognize one of our outstanding faculty at Houston Baptist University.

List of former Opal Goolsby Award recipients.


SGA Executive Board

  • Duties of the SGA Executive Board

    Foster mutual understanding between the administration and students

    B. Coordinate campus-wide activities (along with the Legislative Branch; see Article II, Section IV;SGA Constitution) that promote involvement among the Student Body, Student Orgs, and/or HBU faculty & staff.

    C. Preside over any impeachment proceedings of the Student Government Association

  • President

    Rene Avila 

    Classification: Senior
    Major(s): Government



  • Vice President

    Victoria Thorpe

    Classification: Senior
    Major(s): Medical Humanities


  • Vice President of Records

    Raven Towns

    Classification: Senior


  • Director of Finance

    Lydia Goodman

    Classification: Senior
    Major(s): Biology

  • Director of Public Relations

    Gina Ukpabio

    Classification: Junior




Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch shall be comprised of one representative from each School or College, two senators from each classification, one residence life representative, one commuter life representative, and one athletics representative.

  • Class Senators

    Freshman: Freshman Council

    Sophomore: Michael Basquez & Mi Nguyen

    Junior: Kaelyn Charles & Jalynn Manson

    Senior: Dukaiwen (Cathy) Zhao


  • School/College Representatives

    Archie W. Dunham College of Business Representative: Courtni Hatton

    College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Representative: Esther Nyemba

    College of Engineering: VACANT

    College of Science & Mathematics Representative: Allen Felders

    School of Christian Thought Representative: Joshua Salas

    School of Fine Arts Representative: Jada Thompson

    School of Humanities Representative: VACANT

    School of Nursing & Allied Health Representative: Maria Cruz



  • Area Representatives

    Residence Life Representative: Nick Zamora

    Commuter Life Representative: Collin Harvey

    Athletics Representative: Abdulla Mirza


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