The Board of Visitors is the governing authority for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
About Phil Miskovic
Phil Miskovic is a PhD student in the Center for Administration and Policy (CPAP), focusing his research on local government. Phil splits his time between Blacksburg and Crewe—a town of about 2,300 population in rural Nottoway County, about three hour’s drive from the main campus—where he serves as that town’s mayor. He says his motivation comes from a desire “to bridge the gap between theory and practice, especially in economically disadvantaged areas rich with strong communities and culture, but lacking in financial resources or the subject matter expertise of the modern public administrator.” His elected service began in 2012 with his first of four 2-year terms as a member of Crewe Town Council before being voted into his current role in the 2020 municipal election.
Phil has a Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Religion from Hampden-Sydney College. He also serves as a graduate assistant in public relations for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and as the emergency planner for Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Prior to his employment with DBHDS, Phil was a policy analyst for Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety in the administration of then-Governor Bob McDonnell.
Phil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Municipal League. In 2019 he was the first recipient of the Emerging Leader Award by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. In his free time, Phil enjoys cooking, traveling, and home renovations. His Crewe home is a century-old historic Catholic Church he purchased and painstakingly repurposed for its current use.
The Board of Visitors Graduate Student Representative's Role
The Board of Visitors, and the Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors, have traditionally worked closely with the GPSS. As such, the Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors has typically interacted with the Assembly. The GPSS, however, has no and claims no official authority over the actions of the Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors, nor their selection.
At their discretion, the Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors shall address the Assembly about matters related to their position. The Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors may call for resolutions of support for their positions. The Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors is not bound by the results of the Resolutions, but is asked to report the results of the Resolutions to the Board of Visitors, if appropriate.