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MARCH 2018

Student hones leadership skills as SGA president, FSU trustee

Kyle-HIllWhether he is getting involved in campus activities or leading student strategy, College of Business senior Kyle Hill likes contributing to his community. As president of the 41,000-member student body at Florida State University and the only student member of the FSU Board of Trustees, he gets to do that – and gain valuable leadership experience he can take with him into his future career.

Since taking over as head of the Student Government Association (SGA) in spring 2017, the finance major has assisted in creating and maintaining the organization’s $13 million budget, reviewing and approving capital outlays for FSU real estate and facilities, speaking at graduation and interacting with prominent campus guests.

Hill, who graduates in May, has worked closely with university leadership to align student government activities with FSU’s strategic plan and to encourage student participation on strategic plan committees, ensuring students are involved in moving FSU closer toward becoming one of the nation’s Top 25 public universities.

Hill was confronted with one of his most difficult challenges in November with the death of a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, which led to the temporary suspension of fraternity activities and a call for a culture change within Greek organizations on campus. He is intent on ensuring fraternities adhere to new rules that allow them to continue activities that promote positive relationships and intellectual growth and provide opportunities to lead and serve.

Among his proudest accomplishments to date, he said, is helping shape a student government he believes can be defined by efficiency, integrity and collaboration. He also is proud of the relationships he has forged as a campus leader.

“I have learned the value of relationships,” said Hill. “Seeing how dedicated FSU senior leaders are to student success and making sure the university is recognized as an elite university has been my favorite part of being SGA president. It’s clear they care about FSU and students, and that has been inspiring to me.”

The Louisiana native is a member of the Garnet and Gold Key Leadership Honor Society and was named FSU’s Student Senator of the Year in 2015. He picked up his own leadership skills as an Eagle Scout and as a legislative aide to former Louisiana legislator A. G. Crowe while still in high school. He also spent several months as a staff assistant in the Florida Office of Legislative Affairs, helping to brief Governor Rick Scott on legislation and interacting with lobbyists and lawmakers. That latter experience led to his recent appointment by Scott to the Volunteer Florida Commission, which oversees the allocation of federal grants to various local and state volunteer organizations.

“One of my ongoing challenges has been balancing work, school and my social life. However, I try to stay grounded in my faith and dedicate time for personal reflection and time with friends who aren’t involved in campus politics,” said Hill, who serves as chaplain for his fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha and is an active member in his church. “These friends and outside involvements help me keep perspective.”

By: Barbara Ash

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