EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) - The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the appointment of LaShone M. Gibson to the position of Assistant to the President and Director of Diversity Initiatives, effective July 28.

Gibson has served as Senior Associate Director for UE's Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana since 2006.

This announcement comes at the end of a national search, handled by a committee including members of both the United Methodist-related University of Evansville community and the Evansville community at large. More than 50 applications were received during the process.

Prior to her arrival at UE in 2005, Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2000. She then went on to earn her Master's of International Studies from North Carolina State University in 2004. Gibson succeeds Robiaun Charles, who left the University on May 30.

In other news from UE President Stephen Jennings' office, the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) this month elected Jennings as chair of its Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning July 1.

Thirty-one independent colleges and universities in Indiana comprise the ICI, including the University of Evansville, the University of Notre Dame, Butler University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Valparaiso, and UM-related Depauw University. Jennings' appointment, which occurred at the board's spring meeting, is "a great honor," he said.

Jennings has been a member of the ICI Board of Directors since joining UE in 2001.