Gloria Gibson Named Provost at Morgan State University

GloriaGIbsonGloria J. Gibson was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She will begin her new job on January 5. In accepting the appointment, Dr. Gibson said: “Morgan is an institution of committed faculty, staff, and students. The opportunity to be a member of the Morgan family and to build on its historic success is exhilarating.”

Morgan State University President David Wilson stated that “we were looking for an individual who is energetic, visionary and transformational, who can work with us to take this university to the next level of academic excellence and preeminence. I believe Dr. Gibson will be able to carry out that charge. She is a good fit for Morgan.”

Dr. Gibson has been serving as a professor of communications studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She served as executive vice president and provost at the university until June of this year. Before joining the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Gibson was a professor and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Arkansas State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Professor Gibson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She earned a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University. Dr. Gibson is the co-author of Frame by Frame II: A Filmography of the African American Image, 1978-1994 (Indiana University Press, 1997).

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  1. This article as reported by JBHE is contextually flawed and fails to provide more for the reader why Dr. Gibson resigned from her position at the University of Northern Iowa(UNI). The so-called hiring committee at Morgan State University (e.g., internal/external) should be embarrassed for even considering hiring someone who almost immediately resigned from an executive position at UNI after receiving a vote of “no confidence” from faculty due to her restricting initiatives (e.g., downsizing of faculty). That alone should have sent out multiple red flags for anyone with an inkling in human resources decision making. Then again, it is possible the hiring committee were fully aware of this and decided to overlook this issue.

    As a result, Dr. Gibson would serve a particular purpose for upcoming plans at Morgan State University according to the neoliberal and vote of “no confidence” Dr. Wilson. It appears that entirely too many so-called Black administrators’ who once were employed, exploited, and marginalized at the HWCUs become interested in working at HBCU in the proverbial “after the fact”. In my opinion, these individuals should not even be considered for employment at any HBCUs regardless of what HWCUs they received their respective degrees from.

    In fact, other words, dutifully ashamed Yes, Dr. Gibson has background information of concerning the newly hired senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Morgan State University

    Amazing how the so-called hiring committee didn’t uncover this body of information. Then again, it is possible they did and merely overlooked it because she would serve a particular purpose for upcoming plans for Morgan State University.

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