Meet Nancy Gibson

Nancy Gibson
Senior Associate Director of Admission & Director of Multi-Ethnic Admission
Denison University (OH)

How did you get your start in the college admission field?
As I was preparing to graduate from college, a favorite administrator encouraged me to apply for a new position in the admission office focusing on diversity. Unlike others who have followed a path to the admission field, I had never worked in the admission office as a tour guide or student worker. I was a public relations major and would be working at my alma mater, so I thought I would give it a try. Ironically, I thought I would only do it for a couple of years, but it has been an incredible career over the past 28 years.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Of course, it is all about the students! When I see a student that we took a chance on admitting really grab the opportunity and flourish – it is an absolute thrill for me! To watch students go on to be successful in their careers and make a difference in the world makes all the hard work worthwhile. I always say that being in the field of education is one of those jobs where you actually get to watch people grow before your very eyes. To know that I played a tiny part in getting students started on their college journey is so very rewarding.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
I have been fortunate enough to be a member of NACAC since 1997. Being a part of this amazing association has helped me grow as a professional and as a leader. It has also helped me to understand the important issues impacting our profession and our ethical responsibilities. To date, I have attended a whopping 22 NACAC conferences, and even served on the NACAC Local Advisory Committee in Columbus! At the conferences I have been exposed to new ideas and the latest trends, served as a presenter, sat as a delegate in the assembly, and had fantastic opportunities to network with my colleagues. As OACAC’s Immediate Past President and Chief Delegate this year, I realize that this role would not have been possible without the encouragement from colleagues and experiences that I had in OACAC and NACAC. Being a part of my NACAC Affiliate President’s class (#cabo) has been icing on the cake, and an experience that I will never forget.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge is maintaining the integrity of the important work that we do. Our Code of Ethics is even more important now, given the recent scandal and spotlight on our profession in the news. The time and effort that we put into helping students navigate the college search process the right way is what makes us good professionals.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I really enjoy vacationing anywhere near water, spending time with my family and friends, and working in my community with my sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would be Captain Marvel because she is a problem solver and a go-getter. She is there when you need her, and she is a strong, independent woman.

Describe yourself in five words.
Outgoing, disciplined, motivated, compassionate, and positive.

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