Bryanna Miller appointed as new student Board of Visitors member

Third-year College student says past experiences have prepared her for her new role

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Third-year College student Bryanna Miller said she feels “exceptionally honored” to have been selected and looks forward to working with the Board of Visitors during the next school year.

Hannah Mussi | Cavalier Daily

Third-year College student Bryanna Miller was selected by the Board of Visitors as the next student member of the Board Thursday. Miller currently serves as the president of the Black Student Alliance and is a College representative on Student Council. She also holds positions on the Honor Audit Commission, the Committee on Undergraduate Admission and is a Meriwether Lewis Fellow.

Miller said her experience with Student Council and the Black Student Alliance has prepared her for her new role.

“I expect that I will use a lot of the tools that I’ve gained from those two experiences to represent the student body,” Miller said in an interview with The Cavalier Daily. “I’m really going to lean on my experience in attempting to represent the student body as best as possible.”

While the student member is not a voting position, the member serves as a liaison between the Board and the student body.

Miller will be replacing outgoing Law and Darden graduate student Phoebe Willis when her term begins June 1.

Willis described the selection process as “tough” for both the student selection committee, who reviewed candidate applications, and Board of Visitors Executive Committee, who interviewed the finalists for the position.

“All of the candidates that applied for this position were really qualified people. It was a really tough process not only on the student selection committee but then [also for] the Executive Committee when they interviewed finalists,” Willis said. “I think that at the end of the day Bryanna is someone who’s worked in a lot of different facets at the University — and she has a lot of different interests.”

Willis said Miller has several strengths that will serve her well as the student member of the Board.

“The qualities that Bryanna has in terms of not only being a student leader at U.Va. — but also being someone who’s a leader that listens first — I think will resonate really well with the student body,” Willis said. “I think she’s very accessible to students and I think that she’s someone who’s very articulate and concise in her answers which I think will be great for the Board.”

The position of student member is a “two-fold role,” Willis said. Miller will both serve as the “voice” of the student body to the Board and shoulder the responsibility of passing on information to the student body when the Board makes a decision.

“She’s going to represent the student body very well,” University Rector William H. Goodwin Jr. said. “We thought she was great.”

Miller said she feels “exceptionally honored” to have been selected and looks forward to working with the Board during the next school year.

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