About ASGA

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ASGA is the national professional association for Student Governments.

A Brief History of ASGA

Learn more about the founding of ASGA

ASGA was founded in the spring of 2003 when Butch Oxendine, founder and editor in chief of Student Leader magazine, the national publication for campus leaders, determined that there was a need for an organization devoted exclusively to Student Governments and providing them with networking, research, and training resources.

The idea for ASGA stemmed from a discussion on one of Student Leader’s e-mail lists. In fall of 2001, list members were debating the need for another national student lobbying organization, and one student proposed a National Student Government Association of America (NSGAA). While generating a great deal of interest, NSGAA never got past the discussion phase.

Picking up where the list serve discussion left off, Student Leader conducted a survey on the topic in Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines, gathering data from more than 225 Student Government leaders and advisors. This direct feedback from potential members helped determine which services and resources would be most useful, as well as what direction the organization (now called ASGA) would eventually take.

ASGA’s 100 founding members also offered constructive criticism throughout the beta testing of the ASGA Web site, prior to ASGA’s official launch on March 17, 2004. On March 9, 2005, ASGA sponsored its first SG training conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the campus of Villanova University.

ASGA now has hundreds of member institutions, produces SG training conferences, conducts groundbreaking research, and consults with SGs nationwide. ASGA has become the national professional association for Student Governments.

Quick Facts

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Mission Statement

What is ASGA's mission?

“The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.”


ASGA Commitment

The success of ASGA depends on your satisfaction as members.

Therefore, we’re committed to providing excellent service and being available to answer questions and concerns personally.


Historical Timeline

From 2001 until the present

The founders of ASGA have been working with Student Government and student leaders for more than 30 years. But ASGA was founded in March 2004.


ASGA Firsts

Who was the first member?

Which was the first community college, private institution, or public university to join? Who was the first college to register for an ASGA conference? Who was the first Sponsor?


Founding Members

A special core group of Student Governments supported the original concept of ASGA.

These institutions committed to joining ASGA many months before there was a Web site and long before there was anything to show beyond ideas. The input, advice, and support of these Founding Members were key ingredients in helping ASGA determine its direction and hone its mission.

The ASGA team will forever be grateful to these visionary Student Governments.


For more information, call toll-free 1-877 ASK ASGA (1-877-275-2742) or write info@asgaonline.com.