September 5, 2006
For immediate release
Dean Jane Close Conoley and the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education are delighted to announce that Wes Gibson has been named Development Director. Gibson will lead the Gevirtz School on a capital campaign to enhance its position as a national center for excellence in education. This unprecedented period of growth and development will help the school increase its capacity to influence public education policy and reform practice through innovative research, programs, and initiatives.
Gibson has worked as a secondary school teacher, administrator, and consultant in public, private, and international schools for 35 years. For the last 12 years he was the Assistant Headmaster for Development and External Affairs at the Georgetown Day School in Washington DC. He has an Ed.D. from Catholic University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Dean Conoley says, “Dr. Gibson joins the School with a wealth of important experience in developing resources for educational excellence. His work at the Georgetown Day School is a perfect background for the challenges we face in creating partnerships that support our ambitions to be in the top tier of schools of education in the U.S. Our communication and development team of Dr. Gibson, Suzanne Oliver, and George Yatchisin provides a tremendous capacity for our journey toward accomplishing our mission to serve the children and families of California and the world through research, teaching, and public engagement.”
Gibson writes, “I am impressed by the breadth and depth of the initiatives being developed by Dean Conoley and the outstanding faculty at GGSE. It will be exciting to have the opportunity to secure private resources in support of research based projects to improve teaching and learning in our schools and the quality of life for children and their families.
On a personal note, it’s a delight to be back in California and Santa Barbara after nearly four decades away, even if I can’t quite keep up with the youngsters on the East Beach volleyball courts any longer. Fortunately, there’s always golf.”
[Pictures of Wes Gibson are available; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]