Parliamentarian Chester Bennett
Hobbies: Music, Hiking, and Robert's Rules of Order
Favorite Quote: "Order! Orrrddeerrrrr!" - John Bercow
Chester Bennett was born and raised in Vestal, New York, in the Binghamton area. He entered SUNY Cortland as a freshman Business Economics major and has since added a Political Science major in his junior year.
Chester began his involvement in student government early in his educational career, serving as Club Senator of Colleges Against Cancer his freshman year, then quickly moving up to Chief of Staff to the President his sophomore year. Chester was elected Vice President for his junior year and now serves as the 2019-20 President. Throughout his time at Cortland, he has revolutionized Cortland's Student Government Association, including overhauling their constitution and creating their first set of bylaws.
Chester first became involved in the Student Assembly as a sophomore, attending the 2018 Spring Conference as a voting delegate. He was then hired by President Emeritus Mike Braun (go Red Dragons!) to serve as Director of Rules and re-hired by President Austin Ostro to serve as Parliamentarian. Throughout his time in the Student Assembly, Chester has executed a complete overhaul of the Student Assembly's governing documents, led two taskforces to identify sustainable and long-term revenue sources for the organization, and developed some of the first-ever management policies and procedures for the Executive Committee.
Chester is excited to continue on in his roles as Chair of the Rules Committee and Parliamentarian, and looks forward to continuing to improve the Student Assembly's internal operations, directly expanding the impact of Student Assembly advocacy and the ability of the organization to serve as a resource to students throughout the 64 campuses.