- Master of Liberal Arts, University of Richmond
- B.S. in journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University
Adult literacy instruction, intergenerational literacy, organizational development in literacy organizations, and professional development for adult educators and literacy volunteers
Dr. Barbara Gibson is currently co-director of The Literacy Institute at VCU. Previously, she served as associate director, beginning in 2003, when the institute was established. She also manages the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, a division of The Literacy Institute.
Prior to coming to VCU, Gibson was the associate director of both the Virginia Literacy Foundation and the Workforce Improvement Network, a former partnership between the foundation and James Madison University. For seven years, before joining the foundation, she was executive director of The READ Center, a regional adult literacy organization serving the Richmond metropolitan area.
Gibson has more than 35 years of nonprofit and governmental management experience. In addition, she has conducted training and made presentations nationally and internationally on such topics as workforce education, services marketing, adult educator certification, strategic planning, nonprofit management and adult literacy programming.
Gibson has served as principal investigator/project director for grants totaling more than $15 million. In addition, she has served as administrative and fiscal manager for other grants totaling more than $12 million. She is a member of the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, the U.S. Department of Education’s LINCS Region 2 Partner Committee, the Commission on Adult Basic Education, and the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Highlights of her community service include serving as president of the Richmond Public Library Foundation in 2003-04, and chair of WCVE Public Television’s Community Advisory Board for 1997-98.