2023-2024 West Virginia Advisory Council of Students

The state Advisory Council of Students is comprised of one elected student representative per institution from the student government organization of each state institution of higher education. Student government organizations elect their representative each April; elected Advisory Council of Students representatives then serve one-year terms which begin on September 1. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council of Students occurs during the September meeting each year. The Advisory Council of Students meets at least once per quarter. The Advisory Council of Students communicates through its chairperson to the Commission and Council, as appropriate, matters of higher education in which the student members have an interest. The Advisory Council of Students is one of three higher education constituent groups, along with the Advisory Council of Classified Employees and the Advisory Council of Faculty, codified in state law.

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2023-2024 ACS Chair - Madison Santmyer


Madison Santmyer

Student Body President and Board of Governors Representative, West Virginia University
2023-2024 ACS Vice-Chair - Walker Tatum


Walker Tatum

Student Body President and Board of Governors Representative, Marshall University

Advisory Council of Students Representatives

Sidney Linton
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Gabriel Nesmith
Bluefield State University

Christopher Grady
BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Stella Dunn
Concord University

Trevor Southerly
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Richard Austin
Fairmont State University

Jahzeiah Wade
Glenville State University

Joshua Jett
Mountwest Community and Technical College

New River Community and Technical College

Devin Teter
Pierpont Community and Technical College

Paul Teter
Shepherd University

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Jenna Maguire
West Liberty University

Morgan Haught
West Virginia Northern Community College

Gianna Liguori
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Lucina Suah
West Virginia State University

Michael Meyer
West Virginia University at Parkersburg

James Peyatt
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Katelyn Thornton
WVU Potomac State College


Advisory Council of Students

Next Meeting: May (TBD)



West Virginia Student Leadership Conference

May 20 – 22, 2024
Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center
Davis, WV


News, Events, and Initiatives

Green Bandana Initiative

News Release:  College student leaders across West Virginia launch Green Bandana Initiative to create greater visibility for student mental health

MetroNews: College student leaders in West Virginia launch initiative to help with student mental health

WV Gazette Mail: College students take on mental health with Green Bandana Initiative

WTAP: Green Bandana Initiative looks to address student mental health

WKMZ News: Green Bandana Initiative

News and Sentinel: Glenville State students participate in Green Bandana Initiative

WBOY: Glenville students wear green bandanas for suicide prevention

WVU Mountaineer eNews: WVU student leaders help launch initiative to create greater visibility for student mental health

WV Public Broadcasting: Student leaders advocate for hunger-free campuses in senate

Herald-Dispatch: WV Senate Education Committee hears from Marshall, WVU students regarding food insecurity

Advisory Council of Students Month of Services

West Virginia Advisory Council of Students: “Barriers to Staying in West Virginia” College Student Survey

MetroNews: Hunger-Free Campus Act didn’t pass but efforts will continue


Advisory Council of Students Logo Branding Guide

Advisory Council of Students Logos

Advisory Council of Students Stationery