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A Brief History of ASGA

ASGA was founded in the spring of 2003 when Butch Oxendine, founder and editor in chief of Student Leader magazine, the national publication for campus leaders, determined that there was a need for an organization devoted exclusively to Student Governments and providing them with networking, research, and training resources.

The idea for ASGA stemmed from a discussion on one of Student Leader's e-mail lists. In fall of 2001, list members were debating the need for another national student lobbying organization, and one student proposed a National Student Government Association of America (NSGAA). While generating a great deal of interest, NSGAA never got past the discussion phase.

Picking up where the list serve discussion left off, Student Leader conducted a survey on the topic in Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines, gathering data from more than 225 Student Government leaders and advisors. This direct feedback from potential members helped determine which services and resources would be most useful, as well as what direction the organization (now called ASGA) would eventually take.

ASGA's 100 founding members also offered constructive criticism throughout the beta-testing of the ASGA Web site, prior to ASGA's official launch on March 17, 2004. On March 9, 2005, ASGA sponsored its first SG training conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the campus of Villanova University.

ASGA now has hundreds of members institutions, produces 10 SG training conferences, and consults with SGs nationwide. ASGA's administrators have also assembled an experienced group of SG advisors, student affairs professionals, and former SG leaders to speak at ASGA's conferences and serve on the "ASGA Experts" panel.



First Founding Member
University of Richmond, Virginia

First Public University
Eastern Connecticut State University

First Private College
University of Richmond, Virginia

First Community
   College

Austin Community College, Texas

First Historically Black
   College or University

Florida Memorial College

First Women's
   Institution

St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, Indiana

First SG of the Month
La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Sponsor
VoteNet

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ASGA's MISSION STATEMENT:
The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.

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