Annette Gibbs

  • Professor Emeritus


Annette Gibbs Gibs, Ph.D., joined the faculty at UVA in 1970 when President Edgar F. Shannon recruited her to transform UVA into a fully co-educational institution. In addition to her role as associate dean of student affairs, Gibbs was one of the first faculty members in UVA’s program in higher education administration.

She stepped down from her student affairs role 15 years later and became director of the then Curry School of Education’s Center for the Study of Higher Education where she continued her distinguished research career.

Gibbs’s scholarship focused on the intersection of legal and social issues on college campuses, including the tensions between student autonomy and university services, issues around higher ed finance, the constitutionality of student fees, and the rights of gay student organizations. She has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and papers, including the book, “Reconciling Rights and Responsibilities of Colleges and Students.”

Gibbs has received numerous awards, including the Raven Society Award in 2004 and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2000, both of which recognize excellence of character and service to humanity and to UVA. She also won the Curry School of Education Memorial Award to Faculty, the Curry School of Education Outstanding Professor Award, the Woman of Achievement Award and the Arthur F. Stocker Faculty Award. The American College of Personnel Association in 1996 named her to its top advisory group of Senior Scholars. The Commonwealth of Virginia Women Educators gave her the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award in 1998. Gibbs was also awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award at UVA, the highest honor bestowed upon members of the University community.


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1970
M.S., the Ohio University in Athens, 1962
B.S., University of North Alabama, 1960