Purpose: The VPA meets annually each fall, usually in October or November. Each meeting includes submitted presentations (with commentators) from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Each meeting also includes a brief business meeting and two invited talks, one of which takes place at the end of the Friday night meal. The meeting concludes with the humorously wrought but seriously intended "Resolution of Thanks" to the host institution. 

The VPA charges no dues or registration fees for the meeting and the host institution graciously provides an evening meal.
  • All faculty or graduate students in philosophy at a Virginia college or university (or those with equivalent competence and interest in philosophy) are invited to submit papers to the conference, participate in the conference, and vote on officers.
  • Philosophers from other states are also welcome to submit papers to the conference and participate in the conference.
  • All philosophy undergrads, other undergrads, and community members are welcome to participate.
History: The prime mover for the organization of the VPA was Professor Albert G.A. Balz, Head of the Corcoran School of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. He first suggested the idea of an annual meeting of the philosophers of Virginia and was aided by Professor Majorie S. Harris of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and Dean James W. Miller of The College of William and Mary in arranging the first meeting under the sponsorship of the Philosophy Club at the University of Virginia on November 25, 1939. In each of the subsequent years, a committee was set up to handle the arrangements the following year. The group did not meet for several years during World War II.

To join the VPA, simply join the listserv by emailing reppcb at longwood dot edu

The listserv is moderated. If you wish to send something to it, please contact Charles Repp reppcb at longwood dot edu


CURRENT OFFICERS

President:             Catherine Sutton, Virginia Commonwealth University
                               csutton2 at vcu dot edu 

Vice-President:     Charles Repp, Longwood University
                               reppcb at longwood dot edu

Secretary:             Michael S. Jones, Liberty University
                                msjones2 at liberty dot edu


PAST OFFICERS

78th Annual Meeting (2017) Longwood University

President: Eric Moore, Longwood University
Vice-President: Catherine Sutton, Virginia Commonwealth University
Secretary: Charles Repp, Longwood University

77th Annual Meeting (2016) Randolph College

President: Kaija Mortensen, Randolph College
Vice-President: Eric Moore, Longwood University
Secretary: Catherine Sutton, Virginia Commonwealth University

76th Annual Meeting (2015) Virginia Commonwealth University

President: Nathaniel Goldberg, Washington & Lee University
Vice-President: Kaija Mortensen, Randolph College
Secretary: Eric Moore, Longwood University

75th Annual Meeting (2014) Washington & Lee University

President: ---
Acting President: Nathaniel Goldberg, Washington & Lee University
Secretary: Kaija Mortensen, Randolph College

74th Annual Meeting (2013) George Mason University

President: Peter Sutton, Virginia Union University
Vice-President: ---
Secretary: Nathaniel Goldberg, Washington & Lee University

73rd Annual Meeting (2012) Virginia Tech 

President: Cathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan College
Vice-President: Peter Sutton, Virginia Union University
Secretary: Kirby Arinder, Virginia Military Institute

72nd Annual Meeting (2011) College of William & Mary

President: Adam Kovach, Marymount University
Vice-President: Cathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan College
Secretary: Peter Sutton, Virginia Union University

71st Annual Meeting (2010) Marymount University

President: James Mahon, Washington & Lee University
Vice-President: Adam Kovach, Marymount University
Secretary: Cathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan College

70th Annual Meeting (2009) Lynchburg College

President: Brent Adkins, Roanoke College
Vice-President: James Mahon, Washington & Lee University
Secretary: Adam Kovach, Marymount University

69th Annual Meeting (2008) Roanoke College

President: Patrick Goold, Virginia Wesleyan College
Vice-President: Brent Adkins, Roanoke College
Secretary: James Mahon, Washington & Lee University

68th Annual Meeting (2007) Virginia Wesleyan College

President: Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute
Vice-President: Patrick Goold, Virginia Wesleyan College
Secretary: Brent Adkins, Roanoke College

67th Annual Meeting (2006) Virginia Commonwealth University

President: Michael E. Gettings, Hollins University
Vice-President: Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute
Secretary: Patrick Goold, Virginia Wesleyan College

66th Annual Meeting (2005) Virginia Wesleyan College

President: Geoffrey Goddu, University of Richmond
Vice-President: Michael E. Gettings, Hollins University
Secretary: Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute

65th Annual Meeting (2004) Virginia Military Institute

President: John M. Armstrong, Southern Virginia University
Vice-President: Geoffrey Goddu, University of Richmond
Secretary: Michael E. Gettings, Hollins University

64th Annual Meeting (2003) Mary Baldwin College

President: Andrew J. Cohen, James Madison University
Vice-President: John M. Armstrong, Southern Virginia University
Secretary: Geoffrey Goddu, University of Richmond

63rd Annual Meeting (2002) University of Richmond

President: Mark Gifford, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Vice-President: Andrew J. Cohen, James Madison University
Secretary: John M. Armstrong, Southern Virginia University

62nd Annual Meeting (2001) Hollins University

President: James Downey, Hollins University
Vice-President: James D. Janowski, Hampden Sydney College
Secretary: Mark Gifford, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

61st Annual Meeting (2000) George Mason University

President: William H. Brenner, Old Dominion University
Vice President: James Downey, Hollins University
Secretary: James D. Janowski, Hampden Sydney College

60th Annual Meeting (1999) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

President: Daniel E. Flage, James Madison University
Vice President: Nancy Schauber, University of Richmond
Secretary: William H. Brenner, Old Dominion University

59th Annual Meeting (1998) Christopher Newport University

President: John Christman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Vice President: Daniel E. Flage, James Madison University
Secretary: Nancy Schauber, University of Richmond

58th Annual Meeting (1997)

President: Richard Beauchamp, Christopher Newport University
Vice President: John Christman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Secretary: Daniel E. Flage, James Madison University

57th Annual Meeting (1996)

President: Dorothy Coleman, College of William and Mary
Vice President: Richard Beauchamp, Christopher Newport University
Secretary: John Christman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

56th Annual Meeting (1995)

President: David James, Old Dominion University
Vice President: Dorothy Coleman, College of William and Mary
Secretary: Richard Beauchamp, Christopher Newport University

Compiled by John Armstrong