In his own words: Siena College President Chris Gibson

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 22, 2020 3:00 PM
Created: September 22, 2020 2:40 PM

This is a big year for Kinderhook native Chris Gibson. The decorated Army veteran and former U.S. congressman is in his first year as Siena College president.

Gibson is also a Siena graduate and describes his education there as life changing.

"It really instilled in me I guess what the scholars call emotional intelligence. It really provided for me a journey that led to more awareness, self-awareness," he said.

NewsChannel 13 recently spent a day with Gibson to learn what it's like to now be the president at his alma mater and to take on this new role during a pandemic.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Dealing with a pandemic

Chris Gibson describes dealing with a pandemic in his first year as a college president

DIGITAL EXTRA: Hopes for his students

Chris Gibson discusses his hopes for students at Siena College.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Finding strength during pandemic

Chris Gibson discusses how he's found strength during the pandemic.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Discussing his own Siena experience

Chris Gibson graduated from Siena in 1986. He discusses what his Siena experience means to him.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Why the world needs more Siena Saints

Chris Gibson discusses how he hopes having more Siena College graduates in positions of leadership in this country could help to change the world.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Thoughts on higher education

Chris Gibson shares his thoughts on issues facing higher education today.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Gibson on millennials and Gen Z

Chris Gibson discusses why he's a big fan of millennials and Gen Z.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Why it's important to encourage others

Chris Gibson discusses how encouragement from others and his experiences helped shape him into who he is today.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Any plans to jump back into politics?

Chris Gibson discusses if he ever plans to run for office again.

DIGITAL EXTRA: The state of politics today

Chris Gibson discusses his thoughts on the state of politics today.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Is he completely ruling out running again?

Chris Gibson discusses if he ever plans to run for political office again, and why he says it's so important to live in the moment now.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Importance of one-on-one interaction with students

Chris Gibson discusses why as president of Siena College, it's so important for him to have one-on-one interaction with his students.