Head of Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to retire
The executive director of the Danville-based Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) on Monday announced his plans to retire July 31.
Jerry Gwaltney has led the institute since April 2013. For a few months before that, he served as the organization’s interim executive director.
When the institute was founded in 2000, Gwaltney was Danville’s city manager. In that position, he worked to help the city recover from the loss of thousands of jobs when Dan River Mills closed its operations.
Under Gwaltney’s leadership, the institute refocused on the economic transformation of Southern Virginia in the areas of applied research, advanced learning, and workforce development.
The institute’s board of trustees appointed IALR’s director of research, Mark Gignac, to serve as interim executive director beginning Aug. 1. The board also appointed a committee to begin the institute’s search for a new director.