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Order of the Gavel Purpose

  • To promote student leadership development during and after the university life of its members;
  • To promote the intellectual and personal growth of its members and general student body;
  • To work with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop internal and external relationships that promote positive leadership development;
  • To assist in the development of student leadership programs and opportunities through the Leadership Education Collaborative and the Division of Student Affairs; and
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the vice president for student affairs.

History of The Order of the Gavel

The Order of the Gavel was founded in 1984 by Sandra Sullivan, Ph.D., former vice president for student affairs. Sullivan believed that the division and university should recognize the important contribution of the leaders of major student organizations by creating a special honor society. There were originally thirteen student organizations installed as charter members. The order was founded as an undergraduate honor society, but as time passed and the influence of graduate student organizations grew, there was a groundswell of support to include graduate organizations. These were added in mid-1990. In the fall of 2013, under the leadership of the vice president for student affairs, Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D., the Order of the Gavel once again revisited the constitution and bylaws regarding organizational membership. Today, there are twenty-eight undergraduate and graduate student members representing major student organizations at Virginia Tech.

President, Asian American Student Union, Manjot Kaur
President, Black Organizations Council, Malik Keaton
President, Black Student Alliance, Toni Ojomo
Graduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Tara Reel
Undergraduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Gabriel Cohen
Editor-in-Chief, Bugle, Logan English
President, Class of 2016, Pat Finn
Editor-in-Chief, Collegiate Times, Andrea Pappas
Chair, Commission on Student Affairs, Matthew Chan
Regimental Commander, Corps of Cadets, Michael Schoka
President, Council of International Student Organizations, Blair Shi
Chief Justice, Graduate Honor System, Erin Lavender-Scott
President, Graduate Student Assembly, Chelsea Corkins
President, HokiePRIDE (LGBTQ), Mikey Erb
President, Interfraternity Council, Reid Thomas
President, Jewish Student Union, Andrew Peck
President, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Allison Garcia
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Joseph Owusu
President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Matthew Boward
President, Panhellenic Council, Stella Thai
President, Residence Hall Federation, Brett Speakman
Vice Chair, Student Budget Board, Darren Small
President, Student Government Association, Alexa Parsley
Vice President, Student Government Association, Rex Willis
President, Undergraduate Honor System, Christina Rittenhouse
President, United Council of Fraternities and Sororities, Jesle Choi
President, Virginia Tech Union, Nala Chehade
General Manager, WUVT, Cypress Beach​

President, Asian American Student Union, Panisa Jiumdumneankij
President, Black Organizations Council, Tara Schokley
President, Black Student Alliance, Toni Ojomo
Graduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Mohammed Seyam
Undergraduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Morgan Sykes
Editor-in-Chief, Bugle, Logan English
President, Class of 2015, Luke Carroll
Editor-in-Chief, Collegiate Times, Ricky LaBlue
Chair, Commission on Student Affairs, Jackie Fisher
Regimental Commander, Corps of Cadets, Samantha Reed
President, Council of International Student Organizations, Noha Elsherbiny
Chief Justice, Graduate Honor System, Nathan Carter
Chief Justice, Undergraduate Honor System, Antonia Myers-Burton
President, Graduate Student Assembly, Matt Chan
President, HokiePRIDE (LGBTQ), Megan Nguyen
President, Interfraternity Council, Thomas Sefcik
President, Jewish Student Union, Zach Greenwald
President, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Nathalia Osorio
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Devin Vandyke
President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Savannah Bailey
President, Panhellenic Council, Kaleigh Leal
President, Residence Hall Federation, Kyle Anderson
Vice Chair, Student Budget Board, Regine Parks
President, Student Government Association, Tanushri Shankar
Vice President, Student Government Association, Danny Strock
President, United Council of Fraternities and Sororities, Nicole Nguyen
President, Virginia Tech Union, Hannah Thomas
General Manager, WUVT, Shaun Zirges

President, Asian American Student Union, Brian Tran
President, Black Organizations Council, Rudney Danquah
President, Black Student Alliance, Samra Mekonen
Graduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Ashley Francis
Undergraduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Austin Larrowe
Editor-in-Chief, Bugle, Logan English
President, Class of 2015, Jeán-Luc Ford
Editor-in-Chief, Collegiate Times, Cameron Austin
Chair, Commission on Student Affairs, Joe Edens
Regimental Commander, Corps of Cadets, Andrew George
President, Council of International Student Organizations, Noha Elsherbiny
Chief Justice, Graduate Honor System, Nathan Carter
Chief Justice, Undergraduate Honor System, Baker Martin
President, Graduate Student Assembly, Greg Purdy
President, HokiePRIDE (LGBTQ), Ethan Poole
President, Interfraternity Council, Adil Dittmer
President, Jewish Student Union, Lester Schonberger
President, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Ricardo Zalles
President, Multicultural Greek Council, Nikki Chahal
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Jamaica Sykes
President, Omicron Delta Kappa, James Flanagan
President, Panhellenic Council, Madeleine Gordon
President, Residence Hall Federation, C.J. Caudill
Vice Chair, Student Budget Board, Max Frischman
President, Student Government Association, Elizabeth Lazor
Vice President, Student Government Association, Tanushri Shankar
President, Virginia Tech Union, Anisha Thadani
General Manager, WUVT, Pierce Sprague

President, Asian American Student Union, Andy Hsu
President, Black Organizations Council, Morgan Esters
President, Black Student Alliance, Bria Fletcher
Graduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Nick Warrington
Undergraduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Erica Wood
Editor-in-Chief, Bugle, Caroline Doss
President, Class of 2014, Jay Tucker
Editor-in-Chief, Collegiate Times, Priscilla Alvarez
Chair, Commission on Student Affairs, Kylie Gilbert
Regimental Commander, Corps of Cadets, Peter Nettekoven
President, Council of International Student Organizations, Marwa Abdullatif
Chief Justice, Graduate Honor System, Jordan Booker
Chief Justice, Undergraduate Honor System, Baker Martin
President, Graduate Student Assembly, Shaimaa Abdaliah
President, HokiePRIDE (LGBTQ), Caroline Sapyta
President, Interfraternity Council, Christopher Atkins
President, Multicultural Greek Council, Nikki Chahal
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Yasir Hussein
President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Andrew Nadler
President, Panhellenic Council, Vickie Mai
President, Residence Hall Federation, Kylie Gilbert
Vice Chair, Student Budget Board, Lorraine Feury
President, Student Government Association, Brent Ashley
Vice President, Student Government Association, Anjelica Smith
President, Virginia Tech Union, Adam Taber
General Manager, WUVT, Amanda Dove