NANCY GANSNEDER is the inaugural director of the Cooper Center's newest entity, Academy for Civic Renewal. In this capacity Nancy designs and implements civic leadership programs to promote civic engagement in Virginia's communities. Prior this appointment, she directed the University Internship Programs, one of the nation’s oldest, continuous academic internship programs.
Bob Gibson is senior researcher at the Academy for Civic Renewal, a part of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. He served eight years as executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership prior to joining the academy on July 1. He has a long personal interest in Virginia's politics and government and is a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia with a major in government and foreign affairs, and he received a masters degree in education at UVA in 2014.
Before coming to the Sorensen Institute in the spring of 2008, Bob was a political writer, columnist and editor at the Charlottesville Daily Progress for 32 years. He specialized in covering local, state, and national politics. He is the winner of several Virginia Press Association awards, the 1993 Virginia Bar Association Award in the Field of Law and Justice and the 1993 Southern Journalism Award for investigative reporting about racial disparities in sentencing. He was also familiar to many Virginians as a guest and guest host on public radio stations WVTF and Radio IQ.
He is married to Sarah McConnell, who hosts the public radio program "With Good Reason" from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. They have three grown daughters: Helen, Logan and Stella. He grew up in Arlington before moving to Charlottesville in 1968.