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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities names new executive director

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Matthew S. Gibson has been named executive director of the Charlottesville-based Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) .

He will succeed  Robert C. Vaughan III, who will retire in June after leading VFH for 43 years.

Gibson has served the organization for 11 years as its director of digital initiatives and creator and editor of its Encyclopedia Virginia.

He was selected through a national search that attracted more than 70 applicants.

Before joining VFH in 2005, Gibson was assistant director and then associate director of the University of Virginia Library’s Electronic Text Center.

Gibson graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English. He later earned a master’s degree and doctorate in English from U. Va.

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