Long, who is 19-years-old, was nominated for the position by members of the Florida Student Association, a group made up of all the student body presidents from public universities around the state.
"It's a pretty incredible feeling," the Sarasota native said. "To realize that people have so much faith in you as a person and as a leader is the most humbling feeling."
Long is an environmental policy major at New College.
The 19-year-old attended his first meeting last week, where he was the only member to vote against a tuition hike for Gulf Coast University and University of North Florida, citing concerns from their student body presidents.
"I work two jobs during the school year just to be able to go to college," he said. "For me a tuition hike is not something I take lightly."
The board, along with state legislators earlier this year, agreed on a fifteen percent tuition hike for each school. With the increase, it will cost an average of about $275 more per year, generating a total of about $3600 a year, excluding fees.
Florida is still ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to tuition costs.
From WWSB Sarasota
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