Meet the Graduate Student Government Officers

The GSG Executive Board 

President: Anthony Hessel

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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 (

VP of Internal Affairs: Vacant

VP of External Affairs: Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor is a Masters student at Northern Arizona University and a research assistant for the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. He spent his younger years around the Phoenix Area and his high school years in Long Beach, California. After spending his last undergraduate semester abroad in Sweden, Sam graduated in Spring 2016 from NAU with a bachelors degree in civil engineering. Sam has held various management and leadership positions at NAU and he now brings his experience and knowledge of public policy to the NAU Graduate Student Government. He is excited to serve as the new Vice President of Legislative Affairs and he aims to bring in more research opportunities and to increase the overall quality of life for the NAU graduate student body. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you are worried about any new policies that may negatively impact your student experience here at NAU. (

Chief of Staff: Jonathon Donager (former surname Donald)

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Jonathon came to Flagstaff after completing his master's degree in Reno, NV examining pinon-juniper range expansion in the Great Basin. He wandered for several years after obtaining a degree in Linguistics 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 analysis, and is now on track to become the first PhD in his family. Currently, he is examining how forest management influences snowpack and watershed health. He arrived at NAU in 2014 and almost immediately began working in Graduate Student Government, this being his third year with GSG. His work with the organization has fueled a desire for service and management and fulfills a need outside academic research.