BOV Names New Student Representatives

Posted: May 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

The George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV), the 16-member body appointed by the governor of Virginia and currently headed by Edwin Meese III, has named two new student representatives for the 2004-05 academic year. Cailan Nichols and Bernard Tomsa will replace outgoing senior communication major Jessica Tiahrt and George Mason law student Deepa Menon.

The student representatives, who participate in BOV meetings and maintain contacts with the student body and other BOV representatives from other public state universities, serve one-year terms. They are nonvoting members, but they can raise issues, participate in discussions, and question individuals appearing before the body.

Nichols, an undergraduate economics major, currently serves as a peer advisor in the Freshman Center and as the clerk of the Student Senate. She is also a registered member of the George Mason College Republicans. During the 2003-04 academic year, she was an active member of Student Government and was one of the student senators who introduced Senate Resolution 5, which called for an “extended drop period.” In the past, Nichols has also interned for the Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank, and she served as the president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during the spring and fall of 2003.

Tomsa, a law student focusing on intellectual property law, received his BSE in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He currently serves on the Student Bar Association and is an associate editor for The Scrivener, the law school’s journal of creative writing. He is also involved with the Virginia Bar Association as the president pro tem, and is a committee chair for the American Bar Association.

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