Gopal Midha

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PhD+ Intern for the Cooper Center

Gopal is a PhD candidate in the Curry School’s Administration and Supervision program. He earned his master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Outside of his academic career, Gopal does story-telling and improv theatre.

At the Cooper Center, Gopal will research national trends in rural community leadership development initiatives, interview leaders/stakeholders in Southwest Virginia, and lead in the development of a leadership summit in October for individuals currently serving in local government in Southwest Virginia.

Where are you from?

I was born in India.

What brought you to the Cooper Center? 

I like the work the Cooper Center is doing to support local government in Virginia. I thought it would be a good opportunity to be a part of. 

What is something you are passionate about?

I am passionate about sustaining practices that support leadership. I also enjoy doing improv theatre! 

Where is the next place you would like to travel?


What is your most unusual talent?

I can clap with one hand.

What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?


What is something people would never guess about you?

I play the flute.

What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?

The meeting the other interns and I recently had with Larry Terry and Meredith Gunter. It was very insightful and intellectually stimulating.

What does public service mean to you?

It's about how we can build the capacity of institutions in a way that they respect the people who work within them, as well as honor the needs of the people that they serve.