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Student Government

Student Government works closely with university administration and faculty and staff members to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect the traditions at South Carolina and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.


Executive Officers

All executive powers of the Student Government are vested in a student body president, student body vice president, speaker of the Student Senate and student body treasurer who are elected by the student body each spring semester. 

Patton Byars Headshot

Patton Byars, Student Body President

The president serves as the official representative of Student Government upon request of the president of the university and oversees the Executive Cabinet. 

Office Hours
By Appointment Only

Contact Patton

To learn more about Patton, click HERE.

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Courtney Tkacs, Student Body Vice President

The vice president oversees the general administration and organization of Student Government programs on a day-to-day basis. These programs include Swipe Out Hunger, Airport Shuttles, CarolinaBeYOUtiful Week and Freshman Council. 

Office Hours
By Appointment Only

Contact Courtney

Maura Grace Hamilton

Maura Grace Hamilton, Speaker of the Senate

The speaker of the Student Senate serves as the presiding officer of the Student Senate, which is composed of 50 senators from across the university. 

Office Hours
By Appointment Only

Contact Maura Grace

To learn more about Maura Grace, click HERE.

Jacob Vaught

Jacob Vaught, Student Body Treasurer

The Treasurer assists in the preparation and presentation of the Student Government Budget and assists student organizations in understanding of the finance request process through Treasurers’ Workshops.

Office Hours
By Appointment Only

Contact Jacob


Student Government Initiatives

Student Government is an active body that works for university students through numerous initiatives and programs, such as the Carolina Closet, which provides business and professional clothes for students, and Swipe Out Hunger, where students can donate unused meal swipes. Student Government even assists in providing a shuttles to the Columbia Airport during fall break, Thanksgiving break and spring break. 


Get Involved

All students are encouraged to serve the university in a leadership role through Student Government. There are opportunities for all students regardless of classification and discipline. Ways to get involved include Freshman Council, Government Relations and within the Student Senate.  


About Student Government

Since 1908, Student Government has had a distinguished history at the University of South Carolina. Former members can be found within various career fields, including business executives, lawyers and community leaders. Stay in touch with what is happening by connecting with us on social media.

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