The Minnesota Student Association elected fourth-year University of Minnesota student Sophronia Cheung as the new undergraduate student body vice president on Thursday.
Cheung will succeed vice president Becca Cowin, who announced her resignation last week, citing “personal health concerns” in her resignation letter.
Prior to her new position with MSA, Cheung served as the external vice president of the Minnesota International Student Association.
Cheung was elected from a group of three finalists who were selected after interviewing with student body president Amy Ma. The finalists went on to attend a special forum session with the rest of MSA.
Each candidate gave an opening statement, took questions from the forum body, then delivered a closing statement. Ma selected Cheung after a 30-minute deliberation period, and received approval from the majority of MSA members in a motion to confirm.
“I am honored to have been selected and have this opportunity to represent students’ voices, make an impact on the community, and foster an open and transparent relationship with students and the school,” Cheung said in an email to the Minnesota Daily.
Cheung will assume her position as vice president beginning Friday.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Sophronia and seeing the perspective she brings to MSA. She’s been heavily involved on campus, and her experience as an international student will be crucial as we continue our advocacy efforts for all students,” Ma said in an email to the Minnesota Daily.