Florida Student Association taps new Executive Director, the group’s first Black leader
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'His impressive background and demonstrated commitment to both student issues and community development make him the ideal choice to lead our organization.'

The Florida Student Association (FSA) has hired Elijah Hooks as its new Executive Director and Chief of Staff.

Hooks’ appointment comes after an extensive search and selection process. Hooks will assume his duties on Monday, Nov. 13.

Hooks has a wealth of experience with student advocacy, including current service as the Student Body Attorney General for Florida A&M University. He is also a Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys member and recently served as Chair of the Homecoming Health, Safety, and Security Subcommittee.

In 2021, the Chipley City Council appointed Hooks to its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) where he served as the youngest CRA member in the state.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Elija Hooks, whom I’ve personally (known) for over four years as our new Executive Director,” FSA Chair Jack Hitchcock said. “His impressive background and demonstrated commitment to both student issues and community development make him the ideal choice to lead our organization. We look forward to the positive contributions Mr. Elijah Hook will bring to FSA.”

FSA is a student advocacy organization composed of student body presidents from Florida’s 12 state universities and colleges and represents more than 430,000 students.

“I am honored and excited to join the Florida Student Association. I am committed to working passionately for the betterment of students in Florida, and I look forward to collaborating with FSA’s dedicated Board and University stakeholders to advance the cause of students in higher education,” Hooks said.

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2 comments

  • Thomas Cunningham

    November 13, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations to Elijah.

    However, I believe you’ll find that Sharon Lettman-Hicks, a Black alumna of Florida A&M, served as Executive Dorector of FSA from 1993-1996. It does not in any way diminish this young man’s accomplishment some 30 years later, but she prededed him as a Black Exec Director of the organization.

  • Thomas Cunningham

    November 13, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations to Elijah Hooks.

    However, I believe you’ll find that Sharon Lettman, a Black alumna of Florida A&M, served as the Executive Director of FSA between 1993-1996. This doesn’t diminish Mr. Hooks’ accomplishment some 30 years later, but she preceded him as a Black leader of the organization.

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