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Dr. Donna Gibson named new chair of Counseling and Special Education

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Dr. Donna Gibson has been named the new chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education, the VCU School of Education announced today.

Dr. Donna Gibson

Dr. Donna Gibson

Gibson, who received her Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has served as associate professor in the department since 2013. She was just recently promoted to professor, an indication of her contributions nationally to the field.

“For several years, Dr. Gibson has contributed significantly to the leadership development of our master's and doctoral students,” Dr. Colleen Thoma, associate dean for academic affairs and graduate studies, said. “I'm confident her leadership will help strengthen the department's foundation while preparing future leaders who will make a difference in people's lives.”

The Department of Counseling and Special Education blends top-tier, accredited programs in counselor education as well as special education and disability policy to create a unique and interdisciplinary academic environment for students and faculty alike.

Gibson takes over the department chair role from Dr. Thoma, who is focusing on her leadership duties within the School of Education administration.