Tech alumni recognized
by governor for program
By Clara B. Cox
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 02 - September 3, 1998
Governor Jim Gilmore has recognized six 1998 Virginia Tech graduates for their participation in the Governor's Fellows Program during the summer. The program provides talented college graduates and graduate students with firsthand experience working in state government and encourages them to pursue careers in government or other public service.
Among this year's 19 fellows were Cherilyn Carruth of Springfield; Cordel Faulk of Suffolk; O. Hayden Griffin III of Blacksburg; Thomas Griffin of Broad Run; Laura Neily of Blacksburg, and Tanea Reed of Newport News.
Gilmore called them "exceptional young adults" and added, "I have no doubt they will be leaders of their generation. They have made significant, positive contributions to the government of the commonwealth."
Carruth, who received a bachelor's degree in political science and communications studies at Virginia Tech, spent her time as a fellow working in the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D. C.
Faulk, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science, worked in the Office of the Governor assisting the chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff. He also assisted with projects in other parts of the administration, such as the Secretary of Education's Office.
Hayden Griffin, who has a bachelor's degree in history and political science, served his fellowship in the Secretariat of Commerce and Trade.
Thomas Griffin, who graduated with honors in political science, was assigned to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Neily, who has a bachelor's degree in political science, worked in the office of Attorney General Mark Earley.
Reed, who has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, spent her fellowship in the Virginia Sate Division of Consolidated Laboratory.
The Governor's Fellows Program, which was established in 1982, uses no Virginia taxpayer funds for its operation. Rather, institutions from which applicants are selected provide summer grants for their respective students.