Tenth Watch: Maryville College at the Millenium Mark
A Memoir by Gerald W. Gibson (Book Launch)
Saturday, December 7, 2019, Library Main Gallery
From the BCFOL Events Announcement for December 5–7:
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, from Maryville College, is offering people a behind the scenes look at his tenure at the school with the publication of his memoir, Tenth Watch: Maryville College at the Millennium Mark. The book launch is scheduled for this Saturday, December 7, at 2 pm, at the Blount County Public Library. Dr. Gibson will be on hand to speak about the memoir and offer insights into the time he served as the 10th president of the college.
BCFOL Board Member Vandy Kemp, who served as the College’s vice president and dean of students during much of Dr. Gibson’s tenure stated, “This memoir will be of interest to anyone connected to Maryville College—current and past staff and faculty, as well as alumni. It will also be of interest to historians, as well as those in educational leadership, higher Ed administration and organizational management.”
Dr. Gibson came to Maryville College in 1993 and immediately began work on improving the appearance of the campus, increasing the endowment, and striving to create “the best possible college.” During his tenure, the College achieved new records in enrollment, student quality, fundraising, endowment, and numbers of full-time faculty and staff. He retired in 2010, after 17 years at the helm.
“Tenth Watch” shares accounts and impacts such as the Fayerweather Hall fire, the building of the Clayton Center for the Arts, and the Great Recession of 2008. It is written with a focus of the history and mission of the College. The cost of his book is $15, with all proceeds going to the Blount County Friends of the Library. (BCFOL)
Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call 982-0981 or visit the library website.