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EOU student body president elected
Tim Binford, an EOU junior who hopes to someday brighten the smiles of others, had reason to smile broadly earlier this week.
Binford learned that he had been elected Eastern’s next student body president.
“I was excited and a little bit surprised. The anticipation building up to (the election) was a little overwhelming,” Binford said.
Binford is a biochemistry major who is in EOU’s pre-dental program and hopes to someday become a dentist.
He gives a big part of the credit for his victory to his sister Candace Binford, a senior at EOU, who was his campaign manager.
“She was a big help,” Tim Binford said.
Binford beat junior Kodi Riebling in the election. Binford received 140 votes and Riebling received 67.
Four EOU students were elected to positions in the student senate in the election — Danny Hawley, Jean Morello, Leona Ndabvonga and Christina McCullough.
Binford, who is from Halfway, first became involved in student government as a sophomore when he was an office assistant for EOU’s student government, a non-elected position. He will succeed Christopher Heidbrink as president. Heidbrink will continue serving as president through the end of spring term.
Binford’s goals as student body president include boosting student involvement in campus clubs, organizations and activities. This includes student government. He noted that Eastern’s student senate meets every week but few people attend its sessions.
He said he is looking forward to working with EOU President Bob Davies.
“Bob Davies is amazing. He is perfect for Eastern,” Binford said. “He loves the students, that makes it easy to connect with him.”
Binford has been an EOU ambassador the past two years and is now the program’s co-coordinator. Ambassadors are students who lead campus tours for prospective Eastern students and lead activities for new student orientation in the fall.
Binford is often asked as an ambassador what he likes most about Eastern. He tells them he likes the small campus community and being able to get to make connections with his professors.
“I’ve had dinner with my professors, it’s nice being able to get to know them.”