BOV Selects New Student Representatives

Posted: May 29, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

At its May meeting, the George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV) selected two Mason students, Bryan Painter and Kate Pisano, to serve as student representatives on the board for the 2007-08 academic year.

Painter and Pisano were selected from a competitive pool of applicants, eight of whom were invited for final interviews. The student representatives will serve one-year terms beginning in August.

Painter is a senior majoring in government and international politics, and Pisano is a senior majoring in accounting. Their primary responsibility will be to act as a voice for the student bodies of all Mason campuses during BOV meetings.

“All of the BOV student representative applications were exceptional,” says Page Johnson, commissioner of revenue for the City of Fairfax and chair of the Student Affairs Committee. “The characteristics that stood out to us were Bryan’s involvement in Student Government and Kate’s involvement as a student ambassador. Their stellar academic records go without saying.”

Though the student representatives are nonvoting members of the BOV, they may present issues, participate in discussions and question those who appear before the board.

“I’m really anxious to get started working with the BOV,” Painter says. “It’s a tremendous group of people working to move the university forward, and I’m quite honored to be at the same table working on the same issues as they are.”

The previous work experiences of Painter and Pisano indicate their strong commitment to civic improvement.

Painter worked as a state legislative assistant with Armstrong and Associates, Intl., and recently assisted in the campaign of George Barker (D). Painter has also volunteered with the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association and will be applying to serve on Mason’s Honor Committee Board board in the fall.

“The time I’ve spent working with Student Government is what prepared me most for this opportunity,” Painter says. “Working on a great number of issues involving the Mason community was really my stepping stone to this point.”

Painter will continue serving as senator with the Student Government next year in addition to his new responsibilities as BOV student representative.

Kate Pisano
Kate Pisano
Photo courtesy Kate Pisano

Pisano has gained valuable experience serving as president of the Mason Ambassadors for the Office of Admissions, where she selected and trained many Mason ambassadors.

Additionally, Pisano says her time working in the Office of Student Activities as a lead office assistant was beneficial, allowing her to interact with students to “encourage them to make a difference at Mason.”

“Many students might not realize the large impact they have on this university,” Pisano says. “As the student liaison, I hope to make this impact known and help the voices of the students be heard by the BOV members.”

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