Leigh Middleditch, a cofounder of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, has won the institute’s first annual Founder’s Award.
Middleditch has been an attorney at McGuireWoods, was a member of UVa’s Board of Visitors, and has served on numerous other boards and with several community organizations. A graduate of UVa, he served in the Navy, retiring with the rank of captain.
“As the chairman of Sorensen’s board, I admire Leigh Middleditch so much as cofounder of Sorensen, and for his unceasing work to build the Sorensen Institute, and many other nonprofit institutions, from Charlottesville to South Africa,” Ray LaMura, chairman of the Sorensen State Advisory Board, said in a news release.
The nonpartisan institute was founded in 1993 to promote bipartisanship, study public policy issues and support ethics in public service. There are now nearly 2,000 graduates of its various programs, according to its website.
The institute will present Middleditch’s award, along with its inaugural Leadership and Emerging Leadership awards, at its annual gala April 10 at Richmond’s Altria Theater.