Board of Visitors Undergraduate Representative
The undergraduate student representative to the BOV is appointed for a one-year term and meets with the BOV four times during the academic year, typically in September, November, March, and June.
The undergraduate student representative provides other members of the BOV with a student’s perspective on the issues under consideration. The student representative is often called upon to serve as a liaison between the BOV and the undergraduate student population at Virginia Tech, and is appointed to serve on one of the four standing committees. This person also serves as an ex-officio member of the Commission on Student Affairs, is a member of the Order of the Gavel, and may be asked by the president or provost to serve on special task forces or committees. The undergraduate student representative is a non-voting member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. This position gives the student an excellent opportunity to represent the student voice while broadening his or her experiences and learning from direct participation how decisions are made that affect the university.
Undergraduate Student Representative: Gabe Cohen
Gabe Cohen of Atlanta, Georgia, is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. Cohen is active in the Student-Managed Endowment for Education Development (SEED), serving as an analyst and assisting with the management of a student run financial portfolio of over $5 million. He is a charter member of the Student Communication Advisory Board (SCAB) and served as treasurer of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
Cohen has pursued a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, including internships with Boeing, Turner Broadcasting, and the American Israel Business Connector.
“I cannot imagine a better way to serve my community than to represent the interests of over 20,000 undergraduate students,” said Cohen. “I look forward to bringing a strong voice and wide scope of perspectives to the board.”
Cohen plans to pursue a career in management consulting where he will apply the problem solving skills learned in engineering to a wide scope of challenges facing today's businesses.