Dr. Thomas Gibson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, has been named the 15th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – and its Marshfield and Wausau campuses – the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported.
The announcement came Tuesday from the UW System Board of Regents, which unanimously approved Gibson’s appointment as chancellor.
This makes him the first Black person to lead the school. He starts his new role Jan. 11, 2021 and will earn $247,500 annually.
Gibson will have to face some of the same challenges outgoing Chancellor Bernie Patterson faced: “changing demographics, a tuition freeze and declining state aid. Higher education institutions across the nation face similar woes,” the Tribune reported.
Gibson previously served as an associate vice president of student affairs at Ball State University in Indiana and held multiple roles at York College and City University of New York in New York City.
“Dr. Gibson brings a breadth of experience that has equipped him to lead in a number of areas that are important to UWSP right now, including fund raising and making our campuses more diverse, equitable and inclusive,” said Dr. Mary Bowman, a UW-Stevens Point English professor and vice chair of the UW-Stevens Point Search and Screen Committee, in a press release.