Cheryl H. Gibson

Professor Emerita in Nursing and Dean Emerita

Encaenia Ceremony A, May 18, 2011

Cheryl Gibson is known for her fair and professional treatment of students and other members of the academic community, her forward-thinking, and her true grit.

Dr. Gibson first came to UNB in 1979, and is recognized for her many years of teaching, leadership and administration in the faculty of nursing.  She was one of the first to pursue a master’s degree and then a doctoral degree.

UNB’s collaborative bachelor of nursing program with Humber College in Toronto was achieved during Dr. Gibson’s time as dean.  To this day, the two institutions work together to deliver a degree-granting curriculum crossing provincial lines.

Dr. Gibson was also central to steering the faculty’s transition from apprenticeship models of training across New Brunswick to an integrated model including both the Bathurst and Moncton campuses.

She was instrumental in obtaining monies to cover the substantial costs of clinical instruction as well as increasing the number of seats in our BN program.

As co-author of Reflections II, Dr. Gibson was able to give a historical account of the faculty of nursing from 1983 to 2008 from a first-hand perspective.

Her unique ability to support, encourage and mentor many of our teachers into their present research careers has enabled the faculty to be recognized across Canada as a strong force in teaching and research.