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Leadership Highlight: Morris Brown College’s SGA President Syquan Hobes

In an effort to highlight the people who are leading colleges and universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to Morris Brown College and did an interview with Syquan Hobes the 2023-2024 Student Government Association president.

The position of SGA president is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes in being elected by their peers to lead. Hobes, who is majoring in Business Organizational Management & Leadership, is from Warner Robins.

We interviewed Syquan Hobes, and talked to him about his position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in 2023-2024.

Read the full interview below.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned as an SGA president so far?

The biggest thing I have learned as being an SGA President is that balancing responsibilities is very important. Being an SGA President especially at an HBCU is a huge task that will take up most of your time which means you have little opportunity to make sure your on top of your work as a student. It’s a huge honor to hold this position at your school, but you have to make sure you’re prioritizing yourself and things you have to do personally in order to always stay ahead!

What made you decide to attend Morris Brown College for undergrad?

I decided to attend Morris Brown College because of the rich history that follow behind the school. Morris Brown College is a very sacred and phenomenal place to go no matter what career field you decide to choose. From losing our accreditation many years ago to gaining it back 2 years from now shows the great drive and ambition that Morris Brown has that I just had to be apart of! The great administration and awesome alumni is just a plus.

How has Morris Brown College molded you into the person you are today?

Morris Brown College molded me into the person I am today by teaching me how to be a responsible adult and preparing me so well for the real world. Under the great leadership of our President Dr. Kevin James and our Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Dr. James Allen, they have both did an phenomenal job molding me into a professional and successful, young black educated man!

What specific initiatives have you headed up this year (or are planning) and how do you think they will improve the school and surrounding community?

Some specific initiatives I have been working on or planning to work on includes adding a easy tool for our students to apply to scholarships on a daily basis, making sure our students that stay in student housing away from campus have consistent transportation, and also making sure every student has every tool they need to be successful while at Morris Brown College

How is your SGA administration/school currently working on attending to the mental health of students?

We are currently identifying the issues that most of our students deal with while also creating more opportunities for our students that struggle mentally to feel comfortable with voicing themselves so we are able to help them effectively and efficiently.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me means responsibility, accountability, direction, and most importantly LEAD! As being a leader, you have to make sure you’re leading your people into the right direction at all times. Also being a leader means you have to practice what you preach. You cannot guide others or tell others how to do things when you’re not doing it yourself.

We now live in a digital world, what do you think schools need to do to represent themselves online in 2023/2024?

In order for schools to represent themselves online it’s very important for school’s to prioritize social media. Social media play a huge role and has a major influence in today’s world. Therefore, incorporating social media with the school’s success and everything else, will benefit in every way possible .

Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black students and college culture?

Watch The Yard gives HBCU’s and Black student the platform to not only highlight the success of our Black students, but also share the amazing stories and legacies that some of us share. Not a lot of media outlets and magazines touch on the success of our Black students and schools so it’s a huge deal that Watch The Yard continues to do what they do because if they don’t who will?

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on pursuing my Mastor’s in Business Administration while also working for a major cooperation in the Atlanta Area.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Syquan Hobes for his work as the SGA president of Morris Brown College.

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