Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan served as president of NC State’s Student Government from 2016 to 2017, and he was the first openly GLBTQ-identifying Student Body President. Nolan and his vice president, Brayndon Stafford (the first African American student body vice president), won with 56% of the votes in a runoff election. Before serving as president, Nolan was a three-term member of the Executive Branch, as well as the associate director of the Traditions Department.

In addition to his participation in Student Government, Nolan also was Chancellor’s Aide and a member of the University Scholars Program. He was a founding father and brother of the Beta Theta Pi chapter at NC State. Nolan graduated in 2017 with degrees in Materials Science Engineering and Political Science.

Years at State

Student Body President, 2016-2017


Nolan and Vice President Brayndon Stafford founded “Pack the Polls” during the 2016 United States presidential elections. Pack the Polls helped students register to vote by organizing transportation to voting locations, and it worked with the administration to reinstate the on-campus early voting site. The 2016-2017 school year also saw the creation of the Department of Student Philanthropy in the Executive Branch of Student Government. Student Philanthropy worked in parallel with the university’s capital campaign. Nolan and Stafford led a Student Government that implemented many firsts: the first 9/11 Memorial Run, the beginning of the Last Lecture Series to honor outgoing and retiring faculty, the university’s first international festival, and the inaugural Run for Razan 5K (in memory of one of Our Three Winners).


  • Technician (28 March 2016, 6 April 2017)
  • Paul Nolan. LinkedIn. Accessed April 7, 2017.
  • Executive Report, NCSU Student Government, 96th Session