John Santiago has decided to resign from being the president of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) to focus on other obligations, according to several sources.
While no formal announcement has been made, several students said Santiago told them directly he was planning to resign his position and that he did so earlier this semester.
The printed program for the recent academic recognition event for president’s and dean’s list recipients listed Lauren Langenderfer, who was elected as USG secretary, and Maria Revello, elected treasurer, as co-presidents of USG.
Santiago was unavailable for comment.
Many of Santiago’s peers said that he stepped down because he needed to fulfill other obligations in his life. They chose not to discuss those obligations to protect Santiago’s privacy.
“This will give him an opportunity to focus on more pressing issues in his life,” said freshman William Mount.
Several of Santiago’s peers said they understand leading a school group is a big responsibility.
“He seemed like he was a great president, and for whatever reason, he was caught up in other things, which is totally fine. Things happen,” said freshman Molly Avery.
Santiago’s rugby teammates said he resigned from the USG presidency to focus on choices for his future, and they are helping Santiago stay positive.
“I think he made a good choice for the long term,” junior Kevin Perciak said.
Moving forward, Santiago’s friends said he told them he will still remain involved with campus life and also will remain close to his peers at the college.
“Even though John was only in office for a short time, he really showed a lot of push to better our school. He is still a great man and will push to help others as he often does,” said junior Nick Joughin.