Millersville University sophomore Haley Williams was formally sworn in as the new advisor to the Millersville Borough Council on February 25, 2014.
With a major in government and political affairs, she feels this is a right fit and a bright start.
A resident of Tom’s River, New Jersey, Williams knew she was bound for a political career. She said her “interest in government” is what led her to pursue this opportunity. Her love for local government work started as an intern for the governor of New Jersey, Christopher James Christie, in the summer of 2013. She found the position to be a positive experience, appealing to what draws her to the political arena.
“[I love] being a voice for others,” she said.
Considering she is an advocate for Donate Life America, Williams is a person who is always “making changes” for the betterment of society.
As a second year student in the small area of Millersville, she is still trying to find her way around the campus. Her commitment as a member of the women’s lacrosse team can lead to great friendships and connections down the road. Her new position within the town of Millersville has helped toward becoming “adjusted to the community.”
As the advisor to the Millersville Borough Council, Williams is responsible for maintaining strong communication between University officials, student senate, other student organizations, and the Millersville Borough Council over issues impacting the University and Borough. She is also required to hand in reports to her mentor, Steven A. DiGuiseppe, executive assistant to the vice president for administration and community relations, who provides feedback on how to improve and what she does right.
“They seem to have minimal issues,” said Williams on the two entities’ relationship. She called it “stable,” though a continuing issue seems to revolve around lack of parking on campus. One other continuing conversation since her introduction as new advisor has been the expansion of Brookwood Apartments with Student Lodging, Inc.
Williams is the utmost confident in her ability to handle her responsibilities. What she considers the core qualities of an advisor must fit what she has: an outgoing individual who can manage their time well and has strong communication skills. Additionally, the advisor must be confident in everything they do and be able to receive and improve upon feedback.
Williams credits her family for her acceptance into this position. When she first heard of this opportunity, she was not convinced she should apply.
“[If it] wasn’t for them,” Williams said, “[I would have] second guessed myself.”
Williams hopes to pursue and land a state job in government following her graduation from the University.
Williams attends both Student Senate and Millersville Borough Council meetings. Student Senate meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in room 118E. Millersville Borough Council meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Millersville Borough office on 100 Municipal Drive.