Sorensen Institute Opens Recruitment Season for 2007 Programs

Oct 17 2006 - 6:00am


Sorensen Institute Opens Application Process for 2007 Season

Charlottesville—The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is now accepting applications for its 2007 program season. The 2007 Political Leaders Program will accept applications until November 13. The 2007 Candidate Training Program application deadline is December 4. For more information please visit the Sorensen website at

The Sorensen Institute
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership was founded in 1993 to identify, educate, and train emerging leaders from across the Commonwealth. The Sorensen Institute is a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the quality of governance and the strength of civic engagement in Virginia.

Through a variety of popular programs—from high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and even current members of the General Assembly—the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. Former Governor Mark Warner has commented that, "This organization is incredibly important. Sorensen has become the model of successful bipartisan leadership training for the nation."

The Sorensen Institute has 13 graduates serving in the Virginia General Assembly with dozens more in critical positions of leadership in local government and community organizations throughout the Commonwealth. Sorensen aims to create ethical, principled leaders who are eager to put aside partisan stereotypes and work cooperatively with others who have different political affiliations than their own to improve the quality of life for all Virginians. The Sorensen Institute does not participate in campaigns on behalf of issues, causes, or candidates for office. Though it is housed at the University of Virginia, the Sorensen Institute relies entirely on individual and corporate gifts to support its programs.

Recruitment Receptions
A number of receptions will be hosted throughout Virginia in the coming weeks to provide prospective students an opportunity to meet staff, alumni, and board members. Please stay tuned to this blog for information about a reception in your region.

More Information
The Sorensen Institute will accept applications for the 2007 class of its flagship Political Leaders Program until November 13. Applications for the three-day Candidate Training Program (to be held in Charlottesville, VA Jan. 26-28, 2007) will be accepted until December 4. For more information visit us on the web at or call Coy Barefoot, Director of Communications and Alumni Relations at (434) 243-2427.

Featured Alumni

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    Patrick Gottschalk

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2000

    Pat is a partner at Williams Mullen. He serves on the boards of the Virginia Economic Developers Association and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Pat was Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Tim Kaine.