David Gibson joined Hampshire College in March 2015 as its first chief creative officer, bringing 30 years of experience advancing the interests of mission-driven organizations, with a focus on higher education.
David leads a talented team of writers, designers, and media specialists who ensure that Hampshire’s story—its values, people, and experimenting pedagogy—are part of the national conversation in education. He is a member of the president’s leadership team and works with the Communications and Marketing Advisory Committee of alumni and parents.
David is a former vice president for strategic communications and creative services at Grenzebach Glier and Associates, where he consulted for nonprofit institutions in education and other sectors, including the London School of Economics, the Jackson Laboratory, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. At MIT he was the executive director of communications, stewardship, and events for Resource Development and led strategy and creative to support a multi-billion-dollar campaign. He had a similar role at Dartmouth College, where his portfolio included speech writing, film production, and stage-managing dozens of high-profile events.
Earlier in his career, he held senior editorial roles at higher-education magazines, including Cornell Magazine, where he and his team were twice named by Newsweek as winners of the Sibley Magazine of the Year award. He is a former managing editor of Yankee Magazine, where he helped earn its first-ever National Magazine Award nomination for reporting. He had a 17-year run on the faculty of the Summer Institute in Marketing and Communications at CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education), serving twice as chair and receiving the organization’s highest award for teaching. He majored in American literature with a minor in Medieval Studies at Brandeis University.