The Lawton Retail Merchants Association (LRMA) has established the Dr. Gilbert "Gib" Gibson Lectureship in Community Banking to advance the quality of education in the study of community banking at Cameron University. The lectureship will bring distinguished national and regional lecturers in banking to campus for the benefit of students and area banking professionals. The endowment was approved at this week's meeting of The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. The Regents also approved Cameron's request to apply for matching funds for the lectureship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
"We are deeply grateful to the Lawton Retail Merchants Association for its continuing partnership and support of Cameron University," says CU President Cindy Ross. "LRMA's establishment of this lectureship in recognition of Dr. Gibson will enable us to provide educational opportunities to our students that would not be possible otherwise. Their commitment to Cameron plays a critical role in fulfilling our commitment to our students.
CU Foundation President Phil Kennedy, President Cindy Ross, Dr. Gilbert "Gib" Gibson, LRMA board member Virginia Brewczynski and LRMA executive director Nicki Livington celebrate the establishment of the Dr. Gilbert "Gib" Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Community Banking.
"Dr. Gibson has always been very supportive of LRMA, serving as president of the LRMA board for 20 years," says Nicki Livingston, LRMA Executive Director. "We are very proud to be able to continue LRMA's commitment to education through Cameron University in his name."
The Lawton Retail Merchants Association is a staunch proponent of Cameron University. In 1994, LRMA officials established the Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business. Subsequently, the organization has provided funds for other Cameron projects, including support of KCCU and a $60,000 contribution in partnership with IBC Bank toward the construction of the McMahon Centennial Complex. In September 2008, LRMA provided $25,000 to create the Lawton Retail Merchants Association President's Distinguished Scholarship.
Dr. Gilbert "Gib" Gibson's relationship with Cameron spans more than four decades. Both of his children attended the university, and many of his employees received their education at Cameron. He has been a leader in the Lawton/Fort Sill community for more than 45 years. After attending Oklahoma State University and later graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1958, Dr. Gibson opened a dental practice in Lawton. He went on to become a successful business entrepreneur in the financial industry, including serving as a founding director and chairman of both Citizens Bank and First Commercial Bank in Lawton. He has served on the boards of various other financial institutions, including appointment by federal regulators to the boards of two restructured failed thrifts under federal control in the 1980s. Gibson currently serves on the Oklahoma Board of IBC Bank and focuses much of his time on various local, state, and national civic interests.
In September 1994, the Secretary of the Army appointed Gibson to the position of Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Oklahoma, a prestigious three-star protocol position placing him within the inner circle of the United States Army. He received emeritus status in 2006.
Dr. Gibson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2005, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state.
With the establishment of the Dr. Gilbert "Gib" Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Community Banking, Cameron boasts 71 endowed positions - lectureships, chairs and professorships - more than any other regional university or community college in the state.
June 22, 2009