“Juniata is very fortunate in attracting a financial executive of such wide-ranging strengths as Christine Gibson,” says James A. Troha, Juniata president. “She brings two decades of experience in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and multinational corporations and has brought innovative and progressive thinking to every post she has held.”
Gibson bears responsibility for the College’s facilities, Juniata’s finances—which include a $84.6 million annual operating budget and a $115.7 million endowment—and the College’s human resources. She also works collaboratively with community leaders, faculty, and other stakeholders.
“What attracted me to the job at Juniata was the leadership, the strategic plan, and the dedication to Juniata students that is evident everywhere I look,” says Gibson, who took over as Juniata’s chief financial officer from Teri Blanchard, interim vice president for finance and operations. “I love the College’s traditions, the individualized approach to learning, and the emphasis on real-world experience. Most of all, I love the warm and generous spirit of the community that I encountered when I visited. Juniata is a special place and I am excited to become a part of that.”
At Wesley College, Gibson oversaw strategic planning, finances, human resources, campus safety and construction, student financial aid, and dining services. She developed a six-year business plan to guide Wesley's growth, with key initiatives to expand health care and graduate programs. She helped develop a new master's degree program in occupational therapy and brought in significant donations to residence halls and other facilities. She also developed and initiated an improved quality technology services program and established a human resources department, while improving the College’s payroll services and retirement plan.
“What attracted me to the job at Juniata was the leadership, the strategic plan, and the dedication to Juniata students that is evident everywhere I look.”Christine Gibson, vice president for finance and administration
Before becoming a chief financial officer, Gibson was associate vice president for business affairs and finance at Saint Leo University, in Saint Leo, Fla., from 2008 to 2014. She started her financial career in the corporate world in 2001 as an investment analyst for the Sara Lee Corporation, in St. Louis, Mo. She moved into nonprofit financial management when she became controller and director of accounting and reporting for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg (Fla.) from 2004 to 2007.
In 2007, she returned to corporate finance and gained international experience as director of finance—international division for Walmart Inc. from 2007 to 2008.
She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo., and went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She also earned a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Regent University.