Title: Social Media Coordinator
Leah Gibson joined the Office of Public Affairs as the Social Media Coordinator in September 2018. As the Social Media Coordinator, she is responsible for creating content for and monitoring all of Mississippi State University's social media accounts. Leah is a 2017 graduate of the University of Mississippi where she received a B.A.J. in Journalism and a minor in English. Since graduation, she has been employed as a Freelance Associate Video Producer for Southern Living and as a Freelance Associate producer for Time Inc. Video Studios in Birmingham, AL. After her time in Birmingham, she worked as the Temporary Student Engagement Coordinator at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS.
While at Ole Miss she was involved in several university organizations such as Freshman Council, Ole Miss Ambassador, Black Student Union, Columns Society, Associated Student Body, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. to volunteering for many service projects and events on campus and in the community. She founded the G.L.A.M. Squad which was a mentoring program for young girls. Going into her junior year, she was selected as a McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement Innovation Scholar receiving a scholarship for her junior and senior years. During her senior year, she won the title of Miss University 2017 becoming the 3rd African American and the first NPHC Greek to win the title. She was also named Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was inducted into the Ole Miss Hall Of Fame 2017 Class, the most prestigious honor a senior can receive at the university.
While at Ole Miss, Leah worked as a Community Assistant at Lucky Day Residential College and at the Student Media Center as an anchor and field correspondent for NewsWatch and as a DJ for WUMS-FM 92.1 Rebel Radio. During her senior year she became station manager of Rebel Radio and launched a marketing campaign for DJs that broke a school record bringing out over 100 interested students. In the spring of 2017, she was invited to a conference in Orlando, Florida by LeBonheur Children's Hospital to learn more about raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Upon her return to Oxford, Leah lead her Rebel Radio team in partnership with LeBonheur to host the very first ever College RadioTHON for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Her planning and success now serves as a template for all future college RadioTHONs for CMN.
Leah is a native of Starkville, MS. She graduated in 2013 with Honors from Starkville High School where she received many honors and awards: Senior of Distinction, Miss SHS, and Outstanding Senior to name a few. In 2012 at the Maroon Volunteer Awards Program, Leah received the United States President's Volunteer Service Gold Award and the 2012 Volunteer Spirit Award.