Board of Visitors
Student Representatives - How to Apply
Each year the Board of Visitors selects one undergraduate student representative and one graduate student representative. Student representatives serve a one-year term from July 1 through June 30.
The candidates will be evaluated on leadership involvement, academic record, ability to work with administrators and faculty, and ability to represent a broad range of student interests. The selection of student representatives is based on merit, without regard to age, color, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
The Board of Visitors is mandated by law to meet at least once a year, but usually meets four times, in August/September, November, March, and June, and holds an annual retreat. Refer to the BOV Student Representative Handbook for a comprehensive description of the role and responsibilities of the student representatives.
Both BOV student representatives also serve as members of University Council (visit https://governance.vt.edu/), the Commission on Student Affairs, and Order of the Gavel, and may be asked by the president, provost, or other university leaders to serve on special task forces or committees. It is vitally important for the student representatives to maintain constant contact with administration, including the president and provost and other university leaders, as well as with the students on all campuses of the university.
It is also expected that the student representatives will assist others in becoming educated about the positions and encourage others to become future applicants.