Kevin Muchiri was appointed Student Representative to the Board of Visitors in April 2012. He is a graduate student in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology and is pursuing a Master's degree in Engineering Management. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Information Systems, Network Engineering, from ODU's College of Business and Public Administration in 2011. He is currently a Graduate Assistant working in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.
Mr. Muchiri was born and raised in Busia, Kenya, a town located on the Western Province on the Kenya-Uganda border, to Samuel and Mary Muchiri, and is the eldest brother to Catherine. He completed his secondary school education at Friends' School Kamusinga then moved on to Strathmore University. At Strathmore University, Kevin pursued a Diploma in Business Information Technology for two years before attending ODU. During his undergraduate studies, Kevin worked as a student assistant in the Office of International Admissions. He was a recipient of ODU's prestigious International Student Scholarship; the University's only merit-based scholarship available to undergraduate International Students.
Kevin is a senator in the Student Government Association and the current Chairman of the University Safety Committee. He also sits on the International Students Advisory Board. He is active, passionate and dedicated in his efforts in supporting ODU's initiative to serving the needs of the university community and its students. He is also a promoter of the Monarch Citizenship campaign, which challenges students to be Responsible, Engaged and Proud of all they do on campus. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Visitors, Kevin was ODU's Representative to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
This past spring (2012), Kevin was honored as a recipient of the Broderick-Evon Award for Community Service and Engagement. He also received the Dr. Maggi Curry-Williams Quiet Influence Award from Student Engagement and Enrollment Services Leadership Recognition, and was awarded as the Committee Chair of the Year with the Student Government Association.
In the summer of 2011, Mr. Muchiri attended the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, College Leaders Program, at the University of Virginia. There, he and his team (Danny Yates- W&M, Kelli Montgomery- CNU, Rebecca Lamb-GMU and Scott Bennett- VT) developed a project proposal, the "Honeybee Incentive" that proposed a tax credit for beekeepers. The project was adopted by Senator Creigh Deeds (Bath County) as SB 354 and Delegate Ed Scott (Culpeper) as HB 300 at both the Senate and House of Delegates levels and was signed into law by Governor McDonnell.
During the summer of 2012, Mr. Muchiri will begin an Internship at the Center for International Development at the State University of New York (SUNY/CID) in Albany. During this internship, Kevin will be working closely with the Kenyan project team in preparing background research for project proposals; organizing, monitoring and data evaluation; and providing support in financial management activities.