Update from the Student Member of the Board of Visitors

To
All Students
From
Lily A. Roberts, Student Member BOV

Dear students:

Lily RobertsHappy almost Spring Semester! I hope that you have had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. As the Student Member of the Board of Visitors (BOV), I am excited to continue the work of providing crucial student perspectives to the University’s governing board and administration this semester.

As we begin the Spring semester, please know that I am committed to continuing the most meaningful aspect of my work: listening to your concerns, ideas, and questions. I read every single response that comes through on the response form and bring them into conversations with University and student leaders. Your feedback influences decision-making every day and in the long term, so I urge you to reach out to me by email or through Google or Microsoft. Please also know that I am always happy to meet in small groups or attend a meeting of an organization or group you are part of. If you are interested, please contact me.

Application Open: Student Member for 2023-2024

The final meeting of my term is the upcoming March 2023 BOV meeting, March 2nd-3rd. Though I will serve through May 31, 2023, the time for the selection process for the 2023-2024 Student Member is fast approaching. The application is open as of today and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2023. You can find the application here.

I cannot begin to express how crucial of a role the Student Member plays through their advocacy and communications of innovative solutions from students directly to the University’s leadership. Excitingly, this year marks the 40th year of the role’s existence.

To increase transparency and accessibility in this process, I have partnered with the Division of Student Affairs to host two information sessions for the role. These sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 19th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda Multipurpose Room 
  • Tuesday, January 24th, at 5:30 p.m. in Brown Library Room 133

I intend for these sessions to provide an overview of the role and its responsibilities, of the selection process, and an opportunity to ask questions about my experience in the role. While I strongly urge anyone to attend either information session, whether they intend to apply for the position or not, please know that to apply to the role, you must meet these criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduates entering their final year of study (graduating in 2024) are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time graduate students in at least their second year of study OR who previously attended UVA as an undergraduate are also eligible.
  • Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

I hope attending a session will provide valuable information to anyone who is interested in the position next year or in the future.

Kind regards,

Lily A. Roberts
Student Member of the Board of Visitors | 2022-2023


About the Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is composed of 17 voting members appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, for terms of four years. In addition, the Board of Visitors appoints, for a one-year term, a full-time student and faculty member at the University of Virginia as non-voting members. The Rector and Visitors serve as the corporate board for the University of Virginia and are responsible for the long-term planning of the University. The Board approves the policies and budget for the University and is entrusted with the preservation of the University's many traditions, including the Honor System. The Board maintains offices in the Northwest Wing of the Rotunda and meets four times per year. Meetings are open to the public.

See a list of all Board Members.

Comments, questions, or concerns?

Contact Lily Roberts, the 2022-2023 Student Member of the Board of Visitors at studentmember@virginia.edu.