People of IPR
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.
Steve Firman is the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacy Marketing Group, Inc., a national marketing and distribution company that works with state pharmacy associations and President of FPCI, an administrative management, government relations and pharmacy consulting firm.
Firman also serves as Director of Government Relations for the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and Administrator for the Cedar Valley Coalition. In these roles, he tells the stories of the Cedar Valley, especially its business interests, to the Iowa Legislature and the U.S. Congress. In the past, he was an executive and lobbyist for the Iowa Pharmacy Association.
Doug is a confirmed but transplanted Midwesterner, born in Chicago and raised in a suburb of the city. He pursued his BS degree at Michigan State University (1968) and his MS degree at the University of Oklahoma (1970). He completed his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1984. Hobbies include travel (thrilled to have been fortunate enough to have set foot on all seven continents, all but one several times), being a film buff and civic service. He also enjoys vacationing at the family’s place on Lake Michigan in the former art colony and charming beach community of Saugatuck, Michigan.
Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge university presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications.