Student Government

Hampden-Sydney has a long tradition of student involvement in College affairs. There are a number of elected positions for Student Government, the Senate, and the Court. There are also many appointed positions — students serve as members of the faculty’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Lectures and Programs, and Athletic Committees. In addition, students are named to various task forces, to ad hoc committees, and often, to search committees seeking key College officers. All students are expected to participate in the self-government that is prized so highly on our campus. The Constitution of the Student Government is a useful resource and is found in Section 4 of The Key.

  • Matthew Goodrich
    Matthew P. Goodrich
  • Holden McLemore
    Holden K. McLemore
    Chairman of Student Court
  • Joshua Chamberlain
    Joshua V. Chamberlain
    Chairman of Student Senate
  • Ben Bardill
    M. Benning Bardill
  • Matthew O'Donnell
    Matthew E. O'Donnell
    Chairman of CAC


The President is the chief executive officer of the student body, with overall responsibility for student welfare and specific responsibility for upholding the Honor Code. He is assisted by the Secretary-Treasurer, who chairs the Student Finance Board. Both of these are elected positions. The President appoints a cabinet, consisting of the various chairmen of the executive committees, and he also appoints students to a number of College committees.

2015 Student Government OfficersPresident
Matthew R. Goodrich

M. Benning Bardill

Chairman of CAC
Matthew E. O'Donnell

Chief of Staff
Todd W. Edstrom

Executive Assistant
Kyle E. Huysman

Executive Staff
Lawrence B. Bowers
Michael T. Murray
M. Brett Shaw

Academic Affairs
Joshua V. Chamberlin

Student Affairs Committee
Tucker V. Brown
William V. Vogan

Senior Liaison to the President
James A. Brooks III

Parking Appeals Committee
Kyle L. Kiefer
Victor A. Shaheen, Jr.

Senior Liaison to Career Education
Thomas H. Wilson

Bad Check Committee
Benjamin S. Baranik
Clyde H. Thomas

Elections and Surveys Committee
Bailey A. Tyner, Chairman
Brock L. Plantinga
James I. Warren IV

New Student Orientation Committee
James J. Dargan, Chairman

Athletic Committee of the Faculty
John D. Lloyd

Lectures and Programs Committee
Tyler J. Langhorn
Spencer J. Garrett

Student Finance Committee
Palmer S. Jones

College Appeals Committee
Travis B. Goodloe
Peter J. Chiglinsky
Tanner L. Beck, Alternate

Gender Issues Committee
Joshua T. Miller
Harrison K. Mire

Intercultural Affairs Committee
Aaron N. Doman
Jon S. Pace
Guilherme J. Guimaraes

Senior Liaison to The Tiger
J. Traylor Nichols, Jr.

Senior Liaison to Campus Security
Robert B. George

Recycling, Conservation, and Sustainability Committee
James H. Rich

Student Advisory Committee
Nathan T. Horvitt
Almantas P. Palubinskas
Alex S. Crabtree

Good Men Plan Committee
Robert W. Harriss

College Food Committee
Jared A. Arntzen
Kyle A. Burns
Samuel G. Johnson


The judicial power of Student Government is vested in the Student Court, a body composed of members elected by classes. The Court tries cases arising from violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the Honor Code. The procedures and roles for Court members, investigators, and advisors are described in Section 4.3, the Student Justice System.

2015 Student CourtChairman
Holden K. McLemore

Joseph A. Lantagne
William V. Vogan
Maxwell J. Maurer, alternate

Robert B. George
Stewart R. Lawrence
James A. Mills, alternate

Hok K. (Jacky) Cheng
Skyler M. Robinson
Guilherme J. Guimaraes, alternate

The Role of the Student Court Investigator
The duties of the investigator are to collect facts from the accused, witnesses, and the person(s) making the charge and to prepare a coherent, balanced account of same for presentation before the Court at the trial. He should bring in the accuser and pertinent witnesses to give first-hand accounts and to be questioned by the accused, the student advisor, and members of the Court. Then, of course, during the trial, the investigator has a moderately prosecutorial role in that he is obligated to point out discrepancies, to push for clarifications, and to make sure all the facts are presented. He also should keep the President of Student Government (for Honor cases), the Chairman of the Student Court (for Judicial cases), and the Dean of Students informed daily on the progress of the investigation.

Student Court Investigators
Cory D. Adams
Rimon H. Berhe
Alex S. Crabtree
James L. Crandall
William H. Fitzgerald III
D. Griffin (Griff) Fleenor
Allen P. Hunt
William C. Imeson
Samuel G. Johnson
Patrick C. Kelly
Zachary S. Martin
Bailey J. Maurer
Zane S. Moody
Joshua D. Taylor
Christopher M. Williams-Morales

Role of the Student Advisor in Student Court Cases
The Student Advisor should understand the philosophy of the Honor Code and the Code of Student Conduct and the principles on which they are based. The Codes are means to an end of developing a responsible, honest person—a good man and a good citizen.

His role is much like that of the Investigator in that he should try to bring out the facts, understandably from the perspective of the defendant, but he in no way should attempt to undermine the Honor Code or Code of Student Conduct to which both the defendant and the advisor have obligations and loyalties. He is not to be an advocate any more than the Investigator is to be a strong prosecutor.

He should understand the role of the Investigator, the Student Government President (if an Honor case), Court procedures, and the proper way to conduct his business in the pre-trial and post-trial stages, as well as during the trial itself.

There is no privileged communication between advisor and defendant or advisor and witnesses. The advisor and the defendant are under the Honor Code at all times, and an advisor may not hold back, for instance, a private admission of guilt by a defendant who is maintaining his innocence before the Court or during the investigatory phase of the case. Also, an advisor may not knowingly participate in the presentation of a false-story defense before the Court or in the investigatory phase without himself violating the Honor Code. The advisor may certainly discuss the range of penalties possible in a given case with a defendant or other Student Government officials, but he should not engage with the defendant or other persons in trying to predict what penalty a defendant may get if he pleads innocent and is found guilty, versus pleading guilty. In other words, his role is to try to ensure a fair trial and a balanced and honest defense for the defendant. He is not there to undermine the very Honor System he himself has sworn to uphold, in order to “get someone off.”

Student Court Advisors
C. Graves Anthony III
Brennan L. Aust
Joshua M. Blair
Calvin J. Charles III
Jamshaid R. (JD) Chaudhry
Robert P. Gilbertson
Jacob A. Hubbard
Robert G. Kerby III
Seamus R. (Shea) Magee
Andrew J. Marshall
William T. Ziglar


The Student Senate transacts all student body business and, as far as such powers are delegated to it by the faculty and trustees, it has legislative jurisdiction over various phases of student campus life. Class senators make up the membership of the Student Senate, the Chairman being elected from among the members.

2015 Student SenateSeniors
C. Graves Anthony III
Samuel G. Johnson
M. Brett Shaw

Joshua V. Chamberlin, Chairman
William R. Echols
Benjamin W. Lam

Kyle A. Burns
Fernando J. Espinoza
Noah C. Frazier


The College Activities Council, an arm of Student Government, plans social entertainment for students in the form of concerts, movies, and other activities. See the 2015–2016 Calendar for details.

College Activities Executive Committee

Matthew E. O'Donnell, Chairman

2015 CACSeniors
C. Tranum Fitzpatrick IV
Tyler R. Sullivan
B. Branch Vincent

Grant H. Brown
Carter D. Mason
Robert T. Pettit

Tyler J. Langhorn
Hayden H. Robinson
Kellen J. Winningham

Richard M. Pantele, ’13



The Student Finance Board, a committee of the Student Government of Hampden-Sydney College, allocates funds to, and governs the finances of, student-run clubs and organizations. Clubs which fail to maintain accurate financial records, which improperly spend student funds, or which fail to meet deadlines set by the SFB diminish their chances for future funding. Each club and organization is required to have a faculty advisor and constitution in order to receive funds from the SFB. The SFB will take into consideration those clubs that are actively seeking a faculty advisor but are unable to find one at the time of the funding deadline set by the SFB.

M. Benning Bardill '16, Chairman

C. Graves Anthony III
Lawrence B. Bowers
William R. Echols
Palmer S. Jones
Benjamin W. Lam