Salvador Dali said, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” It is the combination of those qualities that continues to propel cadet James McManus to positions of leadership. McManus, a junior education major, the regimental public affairs non-commissioned officer for the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel and a leader or officer in numerous campus organizations, is the new governor of the S.C. Student Legislature.
The S.C. Student Legislature is a student-run mock legislature that was founded to teach its members critical skills that propel them to excellence in business and government. Many members have gone on to hold important positions in government. McManus is the ninth governor from The Citadel since 1964. His predecessors have gone on to become lawyers, police officers and business executives.
In his first year in the student legislature, McManus served as the governor’s chief of staff for communications, where he created the club website and learned about the inner workings of the organization. As a sophomore, he moved on to fundraising, and now he takes on the role of governor.
“I’ve made a lot of friends from all over the state and had a lot of fun learning about the intricacies of the legislative process,” he said. “We had a great session this fall; Marco Rubio visited and talked with delegates. State Attorney General Alan Wilson came last year, and it was a great privilege to meet him.”
McManus said he was looking forward to working with other members of the student legislature. Joining him on the executive committee are Jonathan Patton of Clemson, lieutenant governor; Kim Modica of Lander, speaker of the House; Kristen Ince of Bob Jones, Senate president pro tempore; Elle Danahey of the College of Charleston, speaker pro tempore; and Kaitlyn Rogers of Charleston Southern, fundraising chair.