July 6, 2011 — Cordel Faulk, director of admissions at the University of Virginia School of Law, has been appointed to Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced his appointments to the 14-member board Friday. Faulk, a 1998 undergraduate alumnus of Virginia Tech and a 2001 U.Va. Law School graduate, will be the youngest member of the board at age 35.
"Cordel's appointment to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors is an extraordinary honor and a mark of the respect in which he is held at his undergraduate alma mater and in the commonwealth as a whole," said Law School Dean Paul G. Mahoney. "It is also a reminder of how fortunate we are that graduates of Cordel's stature and talent return to the Law School to play key roles in our success."
Before joining the Law School, Faulk served as director of communications, media and research for U.Va.'s Center for Politics. He also has worked as an adjunct professor and pre-law adviser in the Virginia Tech University Honors Program and as a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has maintained ties to his alma mater by working with Virginia Tech as an adviser to students wishing to apply to law school at U.Va.
"The motto of Virginia Tech is 'Ut Prosim,' which means, 'That I may serve.' There is no higher honor than service to the University in this capacity. I will treat my time on the board as such,” said Faulk, who will continue to work in the Office of Admissions at the Law School.
Faulk received a B.A. in political science from Tech, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In law school, he worked as a student admissions recruiter, was a member of the U.Va. Honor Committee and served on the Student Bar Association's executive board.
After law school, Faulk clerked for Judge Henry C. Morgan Jr. of the Eastern District of Virginia, then became an associate at Baker Botts in Dallas, and later at Hunton & Williams in Washington, D.C. As an attorney, he focused on intellectual property, trademark, copyright, antitrust and trade regulation issues.