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Mr. Charles J. Gibbs to serve as Interim Vice-Provost for Student Affairs

Mr. Charles J. Gibbs, who currently serves as Dean of Residence Life at Howard University, has been appointed to serve as Interim Vice-Provost for Student Affairs. His appointment will be effective on January 26, 2009.

As Dean of Residence Life, Dean Gibbs is responsible for the more than 4,000 students who reside within the university housing system. He manages over 160 full time staff and approximately 250 student and para-professional staff members. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Residence Life, he served as the director of on- campus housing at Howard University. In that role, he was selected as the administrator of the year by the Howard University Student Association for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Dean Gibbs contributed to the stability and growth of the Office of Residence Life by working with staff to re-engineer the housing lottery system, converting it to an online selection process. In 2006, he launched the Office of Residence Life Leadership (ORL) Institute, which serves as the brain trust for the development and training of young professionals. The ORL also serves as the office through which several living and learning communities have been created. Among them are the Drew Hall Warriors Scholar Community Service Cluster, Meridian Hill ELI Entrepreneurial Cluster in Meridian Hill, which focuses on the development of young Entrepreneurs, and the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Cluster in Meridian Hill, which is a partnership with the University Chapel.

In 2000, Dean Gibbs began his career as a national recruiter for undergraduate studies in the Department of Enrollment Management/Admissions at Howard University. In this role, he was responsible for representing the University at recruitment-related events. He served as the liaison to counselors, prospective students, parents and the general public. In addition, he was responsible for visiting high schools and other venues to make presentations to prospective students interested in Howard University about its academic programs, scholarship opportunities, and application and enrollment procedures.

Dean Gibbs has served on several university wide committees and boards focused on enhancing the delivery of service to students, faculty and staff. He serves on such committees and boards as the Bison Express, the University Labor Management Team, University Security Task Force, the University Emergency Response Team, Parking and Shuttle Committee, and the Bethune Annex Redevelopment Committee.

Dean Gibbs is a two-time Howard University graduate, having received his undergraduate degree in 1991 from the School of Business, and his Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration and Policy from the School of Education. He is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education. As an undergraduate student, he was an outstanding student athlete as a member of the University’s football team.


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