The Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts, hosted by Radford University.
  • Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, Director
  • Leigh Anne Kelley, Associate Director
  • Liza Moles, Resident Life Director     
  • Advisory Board: Dr. Kate Hawkins and Dr. Margaret Devaney

The Governor’s School for  Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities works to enhance the individual college experience as students grow and learn.

Applications for the Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts residential programs (music, visual art, theater and dance) are initiated at the beginning of each school year with your school district Gifted Coordinators and Guidance Counselors. The process involves various deadlines implemented by your school district.

We urge all potential Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts students to talk with their school guidance counselors about the Governor's School application process in September of each school year.

If you are reading this webpage, we encourage you to apply.

Information Board

Summer 2018 Information

Summer 2018 session will be held at Radford University on June 24 - July 22, 2018.

More site-specific information will be updated as information becomes available. At this juncture - before adjudication and selection - most questions should be directed to your school's Guidance Counselors and Gifted Coordinators.

Courses, faculty and general information from 2017 is similar to what the 2018 program will present.

Rising Sophomores and Juniors interested in applying for the Residential Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts should talk with their school Arts Educators, Guidance Counselors and Gifted Coordinators about the process!

Positions for the 2018 Governor's School  - information is available.

Learn about the Residential Summer Counselor job description and how to apply.


We adjudicated over 950 wonderful students who applied to participate in the 2018 GovSchool. Visual & Performing Arts / Humanities Applications will be forwarded to VA-DOE by your School/District Gifted Coordinators. Decisions will be made in mid-March. See your school/district gifted coordinators and guidance counselors if you have questions about the process.

After selection is completed around April 1, 2018, our office will communicate with parents of students invited to attend the 2018 summer program.