Gibson named new UW-Stevens Point chancellor
For the Gazette
MADISON – Dr. Thomas Gibson, who served as vice president for student affairs and vice provost at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, has been named the 15th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, which has campus locations in Stevens Point, Wausau, and Marshfield.
On Oct. 20, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously approved Gibson’s appointment, following a recommendation made by a selection committee. Gibson will assume the leadership post on Jan. 11.
Gibson was hired as vice president for student affairs and vice provost at Bowling Green State in July 2016. In that role, he served as an advocate for the academic and social development of students, devised policies for student success, and advised the president and provost on student issues, among other things. He has overseen the Dean of Students office; residence life; diversity, equity and inclusion; student health, wellness and recreation; the women’s center, Title IX, and Clery reporting; and Greek life.
“Dr. Gibson is a fantastic fit for UW-Stevens Point,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson. “I am confident his background in student affairs coupled with his high-energy engagement with everyone he connects with will build an even better university for the entire region and our great state.”
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as the 15th chancellor at UW-Stevens Point,” said Dr. Gibson. “UW-Stevens Point has a rich history and culture, and dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders that I am looking forward to joining.”
The Special Regent Committee for the UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Search that recommended Gibson to the full Board of Regents includes Regents Karen Walsh, José Delgado, Cris Peterson, and Olivia Woodmansee. President Thompson concurred in the recommendation.
The Search and Screen Committee includes members of the Special Regent Committee; UW-Stevens Point Professor of English Mary Bowman; Scott Wallace, professor of business and economics, UW-Stevens Point ; Dyllan Griepentrog, UW-Stevens Point student; Denny Peterson, retired Delta Dental president and CEO; and Marc Young, director of recruitment, UW-Stevens Point. Non-voting members of the committee include Julie Tharp, professor of English, UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield, and Ann Herda-Rapp, campus executive, UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.
Gibson will earn $247,500 as chancellor.