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WSAW: Your Town Stevens Point: New UWSP Chancellor reflects on 1st full year

June 18, 2022
Chancellor Gibson interviwed by Channel 7
Chancellor Thomas Gibson talks about his first year leading the UW-Stevens Point campuses.

From WSAW, Wausau, by Ben Helwig
Dr. Thomas Gibson officially took over as the chancellor of UW-Stevens Point in January 2021. Coming from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Dr. Gibson noticed something special about his new campus.

“They are genuine,” said Dr. Gibson. “They are passionate about their institution, UW-Stevens Point and they’re just ones who do whatever needs to be done to ensure the institution continues to thrive and be successful.”

Invigorated by his new community in central Wisconsin, Dr. Gibson made a goal of re-establishing the traditional college feel, especially after several semesters of virtual engagement.

”I wanted to return to this vibrant campus experience with activities and clubs and athletics and we were able to successfully do that,” said Dr. Gibson. ”Students are beginning to reclaim this campus as their very own.”

Dr. Gibson said engaging with people on the campus has been one of his favorite aspects of this year. It isn’t just on the campus of UWSP however. Dr. Gibson explained it’s about connecting with people all over Stevens Point and beyond.

“I was able to meet and engage with a number of business and community leaders,” said Dr. Gibson. “Community engagement is part of our mission. We really live out this notion of the ‘Wisconsin Idea,’ which means whenever, wherever there’s a problem, we have an obligation to respond.”