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Q&A with Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson


Gloria GibsonOn July 1, Gloria Gibson became the University of Northern Iowa's executive vice president and provost.  


Gibson was formerly the dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and professor in the Department of English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Arkansas State University.


UM&PR had an opportunity to ask Provost Gibson a few questions as she gets acclimated to life at UNI.


What is your first impression of UNI?
UNI is a dynamic place to work.


What is your first priority on the job?
I want to meet as many people as possible and begin to understand the culture of UNI.


What do you think are the most important aspects of the Provost’s role at the university?
The most important aspects of the provost’s office are to:  1) provide leadership in shaping the academic mission; 2) oversee academic policies and activities throughout the university; 3) encourage and foster campus collaborations that contribute to the academic life; and 4) seek outreach partnerships that will enhance UNI’s relationship with various constituencies and community groups. 


What is one piece of advice/guidance that you would give students about their academic pursuits?
Students should take full advantage of their collegiate experience; and remember learning takes place inside and outside the classroom! 


UNI is committed to being a leading undergraduate university.  What is your favorite memory of your undergraduate education?
Besides the fact that it was a long time ago… I remember professors who mentored me and gave me a chance to succeed.  As a first-generation college student, I wasn’t always prepared for the academic challenges I faced. I will never forget the encouragement and support from Professors Lampley and Haley. 


If you could name three characteristics that describe yourself, what would they be?
I’m a person of integrity, with a sense of humor and sensitive to the needs of others.


Coming from warmer weather, what winter wonderland activities are you most looking forward to? And, the least?
I’ve never tried cross-country skiing.  I understand it is a great workout.  I am anxious to try it.  When driving, I hate getting stuck in the snow or ice. I hope that doesn’t happen.


Welcome Provost Gibson to the UNI family via e-mail at gloria.gibson@uni.edu.