Malanga_WPMichael Malanga’s friends sometimes refer to him as an international student because of his unique perspective and distinct accent. Far from overseas, the New Jersey native has excelled as a leader during his three years at USF. He now prepares to transition to his newly elected position as the second most powerful leader on USF’s campus. As student body vice president, Malanga will establish and oversee a $14.5 million budget, hire student government staff and promote the university statewide.

Malanga’s leadership experience at USF began early. He became a Green and Gold Guide his freshman year and credits the experience for his outstanding public speaking skills. Through the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program and its service association, Malanga worked on community service projects with thirty students who raised thousands of dollars for charities such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

By the end of his sophomore year, Malanga represented the Muma College of Business as a senator. His peers in the senate elected him to sit on the budgeting committee and as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Recently, Malanga was accepted into the USF Ambassadors program and is one of only 29 students to represent the university to its alumni base. Malanga looks forward to giving back to USF after graduation as a member of the Order of the Golden Brahman.