2019-20 Student Officer Elections

  • Chairperson Candidates

    • Ballard, Joseph
    • Kruchten, Kendall
    • Mansberg, Emma
    • McTier, Caitlyn
  • Vice-Chairperson Candidate

    • Razavi, Hani
  • Communications Director Candidates

    • Dennis, Jacob
    • DeSheplo, Isabella


  • Student Officer Candidate Statements
  • Officer candidates will be provided an opportunity to present to Blackurn student at 4:00pm on Monday, January 28, 2019 in 2400 Ferg.
  • Voting will take place on-line by Qualtrics survey between 5:00pm on Monday, January 28 and 8:00am on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.


2018-19 Student Officers (March 2018 – February 2019)


  • Acts as the official student spokesperson for the institute.
  • Provides general leadership and presides over all Student meetings.
  • Serves as the liaison between Students, the Leadership Team, and the Advisory Board.
  • Together with the Vice-Chairperson, organizes informal gatherings that promote dialogue and community among Students.

Ryan Truitt, Chairperson (rwtruitt@crimson.ua.edu)

Ryan Truitt is a senior majoring in Management Information Systems from Florence, Alabama. He is the current Chairperson for the Institute, and is excited to serve in a role that allows him to further spread our mission and values. He is passionate about the local public library serving as a community center, and he loves to volunteer at the Tuscaloosa Public Library when he is not pulling espresso shots at Monarch Espresso Bar or working as a remote developer for Procter & Gamble. In summer 2018, he returned to Cincinnati, OH for a second internship with P&G, where he intends to work upon graduation in spring 2019.


  • Presides over meetings of Students in the absence of the Chairperson.
  • Together with the Chairperson, organizes informal gatherings that promote dialogue and community among Students.

Hani Razavi, Vice-Chairperson (hmrazavi@crimson.ua.edu)

Hani Razavi is a senior at the University of Alabama where he is currently studying Political Science in pursuit of a law degree. During his ongoing tenure at the University, Hani served as an engagement ambassador for the Student Government Association and as parliamentarian for the university Senate. As parliamentarian Hani worked to moderate the Senators during sessions and ensure the ethical implementation of parliamentary procedures. In his free time, Hani indulges in camping, road trips, and studying military history. Hani is from Ft. Rucker Alabama.

Communications Director

  • Internally publicizes all Institute activities and personal achievements of Blackburn Students and Blackburn Fellows (via Facebook, email, telephone, etc.).
  • Provides appropriate external individuals, departments, and media with relevant information regarding Institute activities and events (i.e. press releases, event descriptions, post-event summaries, etc.).
  • Coordinates the gathering of information for the website and publications.

Faith Barringer, Communications Director (fcbarringer@crimson.ua.edu)

Faith Barringer is a graduate student in Studio Art and Art History hailing from Montgomery, AL. She is currently the Communications Director for the 2018 Blackburn class. While she loves every area of art, she will most likely specialize in Rococo, Southern Baroque, or early photography. Her areas of interest include arts education, especially with at risk and special needs children, and women’s advocacy programs.