BLACKSBURG, Va., April 20, 2005 – The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors named Jennifer W. Jessie of Woodbridge, Va., as its undergraduate student representative for the 2005-2006 academic year. Jessie will serve as a liaison between Virginia Tech’s undergraduate student population and the board of visitors.
The two student representatives to the board, Jessie and a graduate representative, are appointed to one-year terms. They each sit on a committee on the governing board and serve as ex-officio members on the Commission of Student Affairs. Student representatives are non-voting members and are required to maintain contact with university administrators, including the President's Office and the Provost, as well as Tech students.
Jessie will articulate undergraduate student issues and perspectives to the board of visitors, report back to undergraduate students, and serve on task forces and search committees.
“It's an honor to be selected to serve as the Board of Visitors undergraduate representative,” Jessie said. “I hope to accurately portray the student body's voice to the board while explaining the implications of decisions made by the board to the students.”
One of the most important issues Jessie believes needs to be addressed for the students is undergraduate research. "As we move forward in our attempts to become a top 30 research institution, I believe it’s important to give students opportunities to participate in achieving this goal by conveying the importance of undergraduate research.” Jessie said. “I want to work to further unite this campus so that we can all work to one common goal, making this school the best it can be”
Jessie, an undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has a triple major in political science, history, and sociology.
As an undergraduate, Jessie is extensively involved in both Virginia Tech and community activities. Some of her honors include: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador, vice- president of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and member of the Outstanding Honor Student Society. Jessie has participated in Habitat for Humanity and several political campaigns in both her hometown and in Blacksburg, as a member of College Democrats and Young Democrats Club.
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 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 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.