Published September 19, 2022

Today, Virginia’s state humanities council, Virginia Humanities, announced five new members of their board of directors including four appointments by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

The new slate of board members includes:

Diane T. Atkinson, Henrico — Former special education teacher, graduate of T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, and Assistant Superintendent for Policy and Public Affairs at the Virginia Department of Education.

Stefan Reed Dibich, Richmond — Graduate of Yale University (BA, Humanities and Master of Business Administration) and US Marine Corps veteran.

The Honorable Grace Flores-Hughes, Castleton — Vice Chair of F&H 2 Inc., a management consulting business; author; dedicated public servant under the Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations; and the first female Director/Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Dr. Daniel Gade,Ph.D., Mount Vernon — Graduate of University of Georgia (MPA and Ph.D.), Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services for Virginia, West Point graduate, and U.S. Army veteran.

Dr. David K. Rehr, Ph.D., Arlington — Professor and director of the Center for Business Civic Engagement at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, co-founder of the Robotic Process Automation Initiative, and former president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

“I am thrilled to welcome these new board members to Virginia Humanities,” said Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities’ executive director. “They are joining us as we are preparing to draft a new strategic plan that will shape the future of Virginia Humanities and how we serve all Virginians. The different skillsets and passions that each new member brings to the Board will have a lasting impact on our work.”

Each board member serves a three-year term that can be renewed one time. The twenty-five-person Board includes a total of six gubernatorial appointees. Atkinson, Dibich, Flores-Hughes, and Rehr are the most recent appointments made by Governor Youngkin. The rest of the board is elected by sitting members. The Virginia Humanities Board meets four times each year. Board meetings are open to the public. For a complete list of board members visit VirginiaHumanities.org/board.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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