Student Government elects president and vice president

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Vice President Kiersten Florence and President Malik Johnson

The new president and vice president of the Texas State Student Government both started their college careers the year COVID-19 shut down most of the in-person learning and events at the university. That could be why they both want to infuse their one-year terms in office with a stronger feeling of Bobcat Pride.

President Malik Johnson is a sophomore public relations major from Katy. Kiersten Florence, a sophomore business management major from New Braunfels, is the vice president.  

Johnson and Florence formed an alliance to campaign for the top offices. Their platform: To increase safety on campus, improve communication between the student body and administration, increase support for all students, and modernize traditions at Texas State.

“There are so many great things about Texas State University that I love. I believe that the university offers opportunities for people to make their lives better and helps everyone to feel more fulfilled. Our university cares about students and wants to help all students,” Florence says.

“Most of all, I am proud that our university provides for a quality and well-rounded education. I also like that our university provides for multiple helpful services for all students, social organizations, sporting events, and a space where everyone can find their place to feel important and get involved. I believe that Texas State has the most beautiful and tranquil campus in Texas. I also love the culture of Texas State and how everyone matters,” she says.

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Johnson says that because he began his journey as a Bobcat during the pandemic he felt that Bobcat Pride was “not as vivid” and hopes to make the experience better for students. He has made it a goal to make all available resources on campus known to students. Another goal is to improve communications between Student Government, students and administration.

Johnson is a member of Sigma Chi and plans to become a consultant after graduation. Florence currently works as a dance instructor and a barista.  

Both Johnson and Florence have family ties to Texas State. Johnson’s stepfather, Dean Farr (’89) earned a Texas State degree in geography. When the two came to tour the campus, Johnson says it was possibly the first time in 15 years that his stepfather had returned.

Florence is the daughter of two Bobcats, Kristen (’90) and Christen (’96) Florence. Her brother, Andrew (’21) earned his degree in business management.  

“I have known about Texas State University ever since I can remember. I walked our beautiful campus when I was a toddler when my parents proudly spoke about their alma mater. It is a tradition in our family to go to Texas State University and it was my first and only choice for college. I love our university and I want to do my part to give back to it,” Florence says.