Board of Visitors names 2008-09 student representatives

Linsey M. Barker (left) and Arlane Gordon-Bray

Linsey M. Barker (left) and Arlane Gordon-Bray

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 2, 2008 – The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors recently named its student representatives for the 2008-09 academic year.

Linsey M. Barker of Blacksburg, Va., a graduate student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering will serve as the graduate student representative. Barker, who is a Ph.D. candidate, earned her master's degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Barker has received numerous honors and awards for her leadership and service to others throughout her years of education.

Arlane Gordon-Bray of Virginia Beach, Va., a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will serve as the undergraduate student representative to the board. Gordon-Bray has been actively involved all across campus, most recently serving as a resident assistant in Virginia Tech’s theme housing community, MOSAIC (Multicultural Opportunities Social Awareness Interest Community). Gordon-Bray has also been recognized with numerous honors and awards for her contributions to co-curricular and academic activities.

Every year, two student representatives are appointed to serve a one-year term on the board. Each student will sit on a committee of the governing board and serve as ex-officio members on the Commission on Student Affairs. Student representatives are non-voting members and are required to maintain contact with university faculty and administrators, the Office of President, and the Office of the Provost, as well as the Virginia Tech students that they serve.

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors is the governing body of the university. It is composed of 14 members, 13 of which are appointed by the governor and the 14th member is the president of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who serves ex-officio. The term of office for each member is four years.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.