President Gates McGavick

Gates McGavick

President Gates McGavick is a Senior living off campus this year after spending three years in Keough Hall. He’s majoring in English with a minor in Business Economics. Having originally grown up in Seattle, WA and Hamilton, Bermuda, Gates currently lives in Naples, Florida—after living in numerous places, he is most at home at Notre Dame.

“Notre Dame is an extremely accomplished and driven community. While we recognize the positive aspects of Notre Dame, we also want to ensure that we are focusing on the areas of improvement for campus life.” Gates is looking forward to the implementation of Callisto (Tech to combat sexual assault and harassment), improving SpeakUp ND to improve race relations, and broadening campus conversations on socio-economic concerns and how the cost of living on campus impacts students.

Gates's experience before being elected Student Body President includes:

  • Keough Hall Senator (Sophomore Year)
  • Keough Hall President (Junior Year)
  • Member of Campus Life Council

Some key initiatives Gates will pursue in the coming year include working to lessen inequality of dorm facilities, growing student government's online and in-person presence around campus, finding solutions to make SAO more user-friendly and approachable, and improving the dining halls as well as other campus dining options. The overarching goal of the administration is to make day-to-day changes that students will directly benefit from while seeking change on long-term, pressing campus issues: “Getting the smaller, day-to-day things right makes larger goals more attainable, as trust grows between student government and the student body.”

As Student Body President, Gates will be the chairperson of Campus Life Council for the 2018–19 School Year. His other duties include overseeing the Executive Cabinet, voicing student interests to Notre Dame's administration, and alongside Vice President Corey Gayheart and Chief of Staff Briana Tucker, leading student government's efforts to be Approachable, Collaborative, and Transformative. Above all, he considers his most important duty listening to and representing his constituents. 

Outside of student government, Gates loves writing, reading, and is an avid sports fan. He loves Notre Dame football and annually having his heart broken by the Seattle Mariners. Never, ever hesitate to reach out—meeting people is far and away his favorite part of the job.

If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please email him or reach out over social media! pmcgavic@nd.edu

Vice President Corey Gayheart

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Vice President Corey Gayheart is a Senior living in St. Edward's Hall, majoring in Political Science with a minor in the Hesburgh Program for Public Service. He is proudly from Fairborn, Ohio.

Corey's advice to all students is to get as involved as you can and never stop taking advantage of what Notre Dame offers. From the Career Development Center career treks to Center for Social Concerns seminars, there is something for everyone at Notre Dame. "In your time here, do everything you can to grow, not just in your academic endeavors, but in your personal life and relationships - challenge yourself, go outside of your comfort zone, and meet as many new people as possible. Your world view will grow and evolve into something you never could have dreamed which will allow you to better understand and serve your community."

Through his involvement, Corey has developed a great passion for Notre Dame and sees great potential for our future. “Together, united as a University, Notre Dame can achieve more and demonstrate needed leadership in our fast-changing world while also responding to immediate needs of our campus community. Building a welcoming and inclusive community is essential to making Notre Dame a global force for good.” He wants to ensure that all students feel safe and welcome at Notre Dame and plans to work closely on Sustainability, Sexual Assault Prevention, Socio-economic issues and inclusion, Community Engagement, Transparency/Student Relations, and Student Government reform.

Previously, Corey has served in numerous roles across campus, including:

  • 2019 Class Council Representative (Freshman & Sophomore year)
  • Senator for St. Edward's Hall (Sophomore Year)
  • Department Member of Communications & Community Engagement (Junior Year)
  • Undergraduate Representative on the Parking Appeals Board (Sophomore Year)
  • ND Votes Taskforce (All 4 years), Co-Chair of Community Outreach (Junior Year)
  • Bridge ND (All 4 years), Vice President (Junior Year)
  • St. Edward's Hall Welcome Weekend Captain (Sophomore & Junior Year)
  • Habitat for Humanity General Member (All 4 years)
  • Site Leader for the Center for Social Concerns' Urban Plunge Cincinnati Site (Winters 2016 & 2017)
  • Shamrock Leadership Series (Freshman & Sophomore Year)
  • College Democrats General Member (All 4 years)

As Vice President, Corey will serve as the Chair of the Student Senate and will also oversee the Executive Cabinet (along with President Gates McGavick and Chief of Staff Bri Tucker). The Vice President's office is located in 203 LaFortune Student Center and guests are always welcome. Also, feel free to stop Corey around campus and introduce yourself and talk!

Please don't hesitate to contact Corey if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns - you are always welcome in the office or around campus! cgayhear@nd.edu

Chief of Staff Bri Tucker

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Chief of Staff Briana Tucker is a senior studying Business Analytics and Political Science. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and was formerly a resident of Flaherty Hall and Pangborn Hall before it transitioned buildings. In Flaherty Hall, Briana served as Spirit Commissioner where she helped build and foster dorm community. Her involvement in student government started last year as a member of the Department of Diversity of Inclusion. Additionally, she is involved in numerous other leadership capacities on campus including Student International Business Council, Student Manager at Au Bon Pain, and a Building Manager and Welcome Desk receptionist at the new Duncan Student Center.


Briana’s passion for community service, diversity and inclusion and student life are among the few but many reasons she became involved in Student Government. She is committed to making Notre Dame a more inclusive campus for all students so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, participate in, and take advantage of all that this University has to offer.


Briana is excited for all the great work that the team will accomplish this year, and is looking forward to empowering others to do their best work and to become the best versions of themselves. Briana is committed to fight against sexual violence, improving mental health services and awareness on campus, and ultimately improving student life.


As Chief of Staff, Bri will chair the Executive Programming Board and oversee the daily operations of the Executive Cabinet (along with Gates & Corey). Briana’s commitment to being approachable, collaborative, and transformative in her approach to leadership is predicated on an understanding that “Student voices drive student changes. Amplifying student voices and giving every person a seat at the table is necessary to make a substantive difference in the lives of all students.”


Briana is always willing to meet with students for meals or coffee! Students should never hesitate to approach her on campus or stop by her office in the Student Government Office. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a meeting, please contact her by email: btucker3@nd.edu