Executive Board and Executive Council


The day-to-day operation of the GSA is overseen and directed by the GSA Executive Board. The GSA Executive Board comprised of five (5) officers elected by the GSA Departmental Delegates, and two (2) non-voting members who serve ex officio. The GSA Executive Board acts on behalf of the Departmental Delegates and General Assembly, and performs executive duties that include setting the overall agenda of the GSA; chairing General Meetings; executive appointments; deliberations with university administration (including the Graduate School); administration of GSA programs and events; management of GSA finances, dissemination of relevant and important information from elsewhere in the University to the rest of the GSA; and other duties that pertain to the general operation of the GSA.

2016-17 elected Officers of the GSA Executive Board

The Executive Council is comprised of the Program Chairs (appointed by the Executive Board), and the Judicial Committee Chair:

Program Chairs

Program Chairs are appointed by the Executive Board and serve on the Executive Council to play specific leadership roles within the GSA that pertains to the programs and events operated by the GSA. Program chairs may also serve as delegates.
The 2016-17 Program Chairs:
Read more about our Program Chairs here.

Judicial Committee Chair
Steven Haring – Plant Pathology (sharing@vt.edu)

AP Faculty Advisor

Joe Edens, Assistant Director for Student Government Advising (jedens@vt.edu)
Joe oversees day-to-day operations of the GSA and serves as the A/P Faculty liaison between our organization, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Student Engagement and Campus Life office.

Dean of the Graduate School and Faculty Advisor

Dr. Karen P. DePauw, Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School
Dean DePauw primarily serves to guide the “big picture” and forward-facing vision of the GSA. She advocates for important GSA issues among high-ranking university administrators. She also oversees campus-wide graduate student initiatives such as health insurance, TFP/GRDP/GSARS funding, and much more.

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