UVa-Wise senior selected to Virginia Governor's Fellows program
UVa-Wise senior Phillip Blevins has been named a Virginia Governor’s
Fellow, which means he will spend the summer in Richmond working in the public
safety office for Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Blevins, an administration of justice major, is one of 13
graduating seniors or rising college seniors selected for the program. He will
begin work in the public safety administration in early June until August, just
in time to begin his law school studies at the Appalachian School of Law in
The Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select
group of outstanding and highly motivated students an opportunity to get
firsthand knowledge of the workings of state government. The program, which
began in 1982, offers an experience that often leads to careers in public
“I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Blevins, who
serves as Student Government Association president and as the student
representative on the UVa-Wise Board.
Blevins is considering a career in public service after he
completes law school.
“I’m nervous about it as well because I will be leaving my
comfort zone,” he said. “It will be different, but it will be a good
Students selected for the program are placed in different
positions in the governor’s office and in various agencies in the executive
branch. The program works to match Fellows with compatible assignments
according to background, interests and future goals.
Blevins submitted an application for the program after learning about it from UVa-Wise Career Services. The application process was complex, and Blevins had to write in support of a bill that was under consideration by the Virginia General Assembly. He selected a measure which was crafted to make texting while driving a primary offense. He chose the driving while texting bill because of his experience working as an emergency medical technician. Blevins responded to a traffic accident and found that a high school classmate had been killed when a driver who was texting ran into his vehicle.