SAC advisor and Deputy Director of Student Programs Bill McCoy will be leaving Georgetown in August, according to an announcement from the University’s Center for Student Programs.
In a phone call, McCoy confirmed to Vox that he would be leaving Georgetown for a position at Bucknell university. His departure was announced along with several other changes to CSP staff, including the hiring of Lauren Gagliardi as the center’s new Programs Coordinator.
McCoy’s departure concludes a somewhat tumultuous year for the Student Activities Commission, with a number of student organizations under the SAC umbrella protesting the manner in which events must be approved by the organization. Under the current guidelines, all events hosted by SAC groups – even those which require no funding from the University – must be submitted in a semester-long programming arc and individually approved.
After dozens of student groups signed two open letters to the Commission protesting the guidelines and the clubs’ lack of input in the approval process, SAC adopted several changes to its constitution creating an appeals process for rejected programming arcs and a mechanism to waive funding guidelines on an individual basis. The Commission also held several town hall meetings with club leaders, who used the opportunity to voice frustrations over perceived inequities in the funding process.
Several former club leaders continue to characterize SAC’s stewardship of student programming as inadequate. ”When compared to other GU advisory boards [...] SAC is virtually unique in its ability to veto almost every piece of student programming,” wrote former IRC chair Eitan Paul in an email.
McCoy has also faced some specific criticism in the past for his role in enforcing Georgetown’s access to benefits policy. However, SAC commissioners have spoken positively of McCoy as an advisor to the commission.
“I had a really positive experience working with Bill” wrote SAC chair Andy Koenig in an email. “[...] in his role as advisor to SAC, Bill has challenged commissioners to consider the perspectives of all members of the Georgetown community.”
According to Koenig and McCoy, current Student Programs Director and Media Board advisor Erika Cohen-Derr will replace McCoy as SAC advisor, although McCoy was unsure whether Cohen-Derr will serve as an interim or permanent advisor.