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Johnston named BOV representative

By Keith Wurst, University Relations intern

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 31 - May 22, 1997

Krista L. Johnston of Richmond has been named the undergraduate student representative to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The undergraduate and graduate-student representatives to the Board of Visitors are non-voting members of the board. Appointed annually, the students are selected through a competitive review process. Virginia Tech is the only university in the state to have both an undergraduate and graduate-student representatives on their governing board.

Johnston, a junior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in business and chemistry, has been involved with the University Honors Program since her freshman year. She has also facilitated activities for freshman reading groups.

She is a member of Golden Key, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has served as an officer in several professional societies, including the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Johnston has co-oped with Allied Signal in Chesterfield and Petersburg. There she participated in different manufacturing and research assignments. She has also had the opportunity to work with James Wolfe in his study of anticonvulsant drug synthesis. This summer she will be studying at University College of London to complete a Unit Operations Laboratory for her engineering curriculum.

"It's a great honor to be selected to the position," Johnston said. "My overall goal is to be a representative voice of the student body. I want to make sure that the issues and concerns of the students are voiced to the Board of Visitors."