Thomas Gibson named student affairs leader

Dr. Thomas Gibson has been selected as vice president for student affairs and vice provost. Gibson, currently associate vice president for student affairs at Ball State University, will join the University July 1, President Mary Ellen Mazey announced April 19.

Gibson has 19 years’ experience in higher education and student affairs, primarily at Ball State, York and Queens colleges CUNY and the University of Connecticut. “His vision for student affairs aligns well with what we strive for at BGSU, that is, a campus environment where classroom and co-curricular activities work together to support student success,” Mazey said.

The title of vice president for student affairs and vice provost represents a change in the position to reflect additional interaction between the student affairs and academic sides of the University.

At Ball State, Gibson oversees a $6 million budget and supervises 31 professional and eight support staff members. His experience includes strategic planning, program development, diversity and inclusion efforts, retention and degree-completion initiatives and budget, resource and facilities management.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Eastern Connecticut State College, a master’s degree in education from the University of New Haven, and a doctorate of educational leadership in higher education from Johnson and Wales University.