Mississippi Valley State University

March 30, 2015

Biography



Dr. Jacqueline Gibson's roots began in the Mississippi Deltain Morgan City, MS. She finished high school at Leflore County High School inItta Bena, MS. Afterward, Dr. Gibson, a first generation college student,earned a Bachelor's degree in English in the Spring of 1991 from MississippiValley State University. In the fall of 1991, she entered the University ofAkron in Ohio and completed a Master's degree in Communication in 1994 and aDoctorate in Higher Education in 1998.

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Gibson began her 15 year career in Higher Education. She began teaching English, Speech, and Communication courses at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. In the year 2000, Dr. Gibson transitioned to Georgia State University's Department of Communication to teach and later accepted the position of Director of the McNair Program in the Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs, which she held until October2006. In October 2006, Dr. Gibson accepted the position of Director of the Learning Resource Center at Lincoln University, PA. After just 1 1/2 years, she was promoted to Director of the Office of Student Life and Development and received the New Professional of the Year Award for 2007-2008. In 2008, she was promoted to Dean of Students, and she served the students of Lincoln University in the position from 2008-2012. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Gibson served the students of Kentucky State University as Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement and Leadership Development. Dr. Gibson is currently serving as Vice President of Student Affairs at her Alma Mater, Mississippi Valley State University.

Dr. Gibson has dedicated her career to serving and motivating students and ispassionate about the educational advancement of first generation, low income,and underrepresented students. As a result, she has been involved in community projects such as Hands on Atlanta and Into the Streets, tutorial and enrichment services at McNair Middle School, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, and serving as mentor to disadvantaged and at-risk teenagers. Also, during her career as a Student Affairs professional, she has served as advisor to university student organizations, such as Gay/Straight Alliance, Women's Leadership Council, Student Government Association, University Kings and Queens, National Pan Hellenic Council, University Marching Band, Chess Club, Ziana Fashion Club, Campus Ministry, Tau Beta Sigma, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Dr. Gibson's professional memberships include:  Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greenwood; National College Learning Center Association; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; Association for Student Conduct Administration; Council for Opportunity in Education; Southern Association for College Student Affairs; and Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.