NJCU Announces 2022-23 Student Government Association Executive Board

May 20, 2022

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU)’s Student Government Association (SGA) has announced the results of its elections to decide its executive board leadership for the 2022-23 academic year.

Thyquel M. Halley was overwhelmingly elected to a second term as student body president. The current junior leader also serves as a voting member on the Board of Trustees as a Student Representative. The Jersey City native and Dickinson High School graduate is a Political Science major with minors in Pre-Law and African American Studies.

“I’m very excited to serve as your SGA President for a second term,” said Halley. “We have a great team for the upcoming year and I can’t wait to work with them to provide services, activities, and advocate for you! Enjoy the summer and see you in September!”

The other four leadership roles will have newly-elected voices next year. Marco De La Cruz was selected as SGA Executive Vice President. Darwin Garrido won a three-way race for SGA Vice President of Finance. Alice Johnson was chosen as SGA Vice President of Internal Affairs. Ruth Diegue will serve as Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing.

De La Cruz resides in Union City, N.J. and is a graduate of Union City High School. He is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Economics. Garrido is from Plainfield, N.J. and Plainfield High School and majors in Biology. Johnson is a native of East Orange, N.J. and a product of the East Orange STEM Academy before coming to NJCU where she majors in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. Diegue is from Orange, N.J. and Orange High School and also majors in Biology.

The outgoing SGA Executive Board for 2021-22 — with the exception of Halley returning as SGA President — includes Alan Cruz (SGA Executive Vice President), Alexandru Platonov (Vice President of Finance and Administration), Ameelah Carvin (Vice President of Internal Affairs) and Rosy Gomez (SGA Vice of Public Relations and Marketing).

To learn more about NJCU’s Student Government Association, visit: https://www.njcu.edu/student-life/student-activities-organizations/student-government-association

Full results of the election are listed below:


  • Thyquel Halley - 407 Votes
  • Ashley Pottinger - 223 Votes

Executive VP:

  • Marco De La Cruz  - 344 Votes
  • Laney Fox - 264 Votes

VP of Finance:

  • Darwin Garrido - 349 Votes 
  • Allie Naeseth - 137 Votes 
  • Bassimo Sadeu- 79 Votes 

VP of Internal Affairs:

  • Alice Johnson - 354 Votes 
  • Crystal Genthe - 213 Votes

VP of Public Relations & Marketing

  • Ruth Diegue - 294 Votes
  • Brienna Lemus - 246 Votes

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 30 graduate or three doctoral programs at our three locations — our main campus in Jersey City, our School of Business located in the heart of the Jersey City Financial District, or our newest location at NJCU @ Fort Monmouth which expands bachelor's and master's degree offerings along the Jersey Shore, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301