Meet the Graduate Student Government Officers


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President: Anthony Hessel

Anthony Hessel is a Biology PhD candidate at Northern Arizona University. His main area of focus is skeletal muscle physiology and is currently an Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar. Over the last three years, he has served as a director on several higher education lobby, non-for-profit board of directors. These include: The Arizona Students' Association, The Foundation of Arizona Students, the United States Students' Association and the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. He is also the current Vice President of the NAU Graduate Student Government and the graduate student representative to the NAU Biology department's graduate student selection committee. He is committed to keeping NAU graduate students in tune with the political landscape at the local, state and national level. If you ever want to learn more about a particular legislative bill, the relationship between the State and school, or anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch (

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VP of Internal Affairs: Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins is a 30-year-old native of Sedona, AZ. After receiving a BS Geology from NAU in 2011, he moved to California’s central coast to work as a geologist for 4 years. Passionate about understanding and acting on climate change, he has returned to NAU to pursue a MS Climate Science & Solutions. His interest is in helping businesses in the public and private sectors to quantify and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of a larger nationwide effort to meet standards outlined in the Clean Power Plan. He is a musician, outdoor enthusiast and has travelled to 14 different countries. He currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Geology Dept. and is proud to serve on the Graduate Student Government Executive Board as Vice President of Internal Affairs.

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VP of External Affairs: Archie Cannon

Archie Carreon, College of Education is a second-year M.Ed. Counseling-Student Affairs student and a Graduate Assistant at TRIO Student Support Services. Over the past 8 years, Archie has worked in a wide variety of positions at various Arizona based higher education institutions such as Central Arizona College, Arizona State University, and of course Northern Arizona University. If you were to ask Archie why he decided to go into the higher education field, he would say, “College students are exciting. You never know what to expect and watching students change right before your eyes is such a rewarding experience. This is my passion.” Working within various departments such as TRIO, Academic Advising, and Student Athletics has helped further strengthen this career goal. Working at these institutions was also one of the major factors for coming to Northern Arizona University. “Every one of my supervisors has been an inspiration. They have such a profound way of working with their students and finding ways to inspire them. They all came to NAU. They must be doing something alright here.” Archie hopes to work as a TRIO director and/or Academic Adviser.

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Chief of Staff: Jonathon Donald

Jonathon came to Flagstaff after completing his master's degree in Reno, NV. He was born in the western US, and has spent most of his years there, outside of living abroad in China and Spain for several years. He is most proud of where he is today, after wandering for several years before deciding to go back to school and get a graduate degree. He stumbled into geography, ecology, and large data-sets, which allowed him to discover his natural talents in spatial thinking, and is now on track to become the first PhD in his family. He came to Flagstaff in 2014 and almost immediately began working in Graduate Student Government, this being his third academic year in GSG. He plans to continue on that path through his defense, having discovered a passion for service and management within the academic setting.