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Gloria J. Gibson was named executive vice president and provost at the University of Northern Iowa effective July 1, 2009. 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. She also held faculty rank at Indiana University and served in several administrative positions.
Provost Gibson earned her doctorate in folklore, with an ethnomusicology concentration from Indiana University. She also has Ph.D. minors in Afro-American studies and African studies. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in music education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.
The executive vice president and provost at UNI provides vision for academic excellence while guiding the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs. Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and provost also provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university.