Governance Group Member
Dr. Libby O'Connell
Dr. Libby O'Connell was appointed to the Commission by President Barack Obama. She was named Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach for A&E Networks in March 2005. Dr. O'Connell serves as historical adviser for HISTORY channel's programming department. In addition, she spearheads all educational and community-based initiatives for A&ETN, including History's Take A Veteran To School Day and the award-winning Save Our History. Dr. O'Connell received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Dr. O'Connell serves on the boards of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; the Civil War Preservation Trust; and National History Day. She is also on the Council of Scholar Advisors for George Washington's home, Mount Vernon.