Reagan Rothenberger, a Beaumont native and 20-year-old junior at Dallas Baptist University (DBU), was elected president of the Student Government Association (SGA) on April 17 for the 2013-14 school year, and will take office in August. Rothenberger is the first junior to be elected president of SGA in ten years at DBU, he said.
“Everybody is so amazed that a junior is president,” Rothenberger said. “My entire cabinet — my secretary, my chaplain, my treasurer, my vice president — they’re all seniors. It’s going to be a great opportunity to represent the students at DBU. It’s a great school, and there’s a lot that student government can do to help the students have a better experience.”
The Student Government Association is a long-held tradition at DBU, founded in 1958, Rothenberger said.
Rothenberger, a political science major, works as a student assistant to the vice president of University Advancement at DBU. He said he plans to pursue an MBA after graduating and possesses the ambition to pursue the highest elected office in the state.
“I would love to one day be Texas governor,” he said. “I’m a seventh generation Texan. Being governor would be a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of Texas.”
Rothenberger, a 2011 graduate of Legacy Christian Academy, said he is a proud Beaumonter who hopes to one day serve in a local political entity such as Beaumont City Council as well. He said he learned from the best.
“I get my political side from my grandfather,” he said. “I enjoy the political realm, helping people and serving them. And also, from my dad, I get the business side — helping people with their finances and being a good Christian businessman.”
Rothenberger’s grandfather, Al Gerson, was a judge at County Court of Law No. 1 for 27 years and retired in 2011. Rothenberger’s father, Gary, is a CPA and serves as executive pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont.
— Kevin King