Lottie Beal Gibson has been a one-woman crusader for Greenville's poor and disenfranchised citizens for more than 50 years. She is widely known and respected for her work with families who are homeless and bereaved. She is also the one who cuts through the "red tape" to provide human and material resources for the sick, the unemployed, the imprisoned, and other friendless citizens who are in need.
Lottie Beal Gibson is a product of Greenville County schools. She graduated from Sterling High School in Greenville. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and drama from West Virginia State College, and she has completed graduate work at Atlanta University, Georgia Tech, and Columbia University.
Since the summer of 1975, she was employed at Greenville Technical College, serving as the College's first Director of Federal TRIO Programs for disadvantaged students. She retired after 32 years in 2006. While managing this student retention project that has an average annual budget in excess of $617,000 Gibson has risen to positions of prominence and leadership in both her state and regional associations for TRIO personnel. In 1992, she won elective office as vice president of the state association, and she was elected president two consecutive terms (1994-1996).
Prior to directing TRIO Programs at Greenville Tech, Gibson had been employed by the Phillis Wheatley Association, the South Carolina Department of Public Welfare, and the USO (United States Organization). She was a teacher at Sterling High School, and has been a member of the staff at Greenville Head Start Program.
Gibson served as chairperson of the Board of Directors of Sunbelt Human Advances Resources, (SHARE) Inc., the local community action program, from 1980 to 1996, overseeing a budget that grew from $4.5 million to more than $7.5 million, and a staff of 194 employees. In 1992, she was elected to represent District 25 on the Greenville County Council. She is a screener for Greenville Free Medical Clinic, and a member of the Greenville County School District Materials Review Committee. She is an active member of the Greenville Branch of the NAACP, the Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the SC Council of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Community Planning Council of the United Way of Greenville County, and Springfield Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina.
She has received over 65 public awards, recognitions and citations - including the prestigious Jefferson Award - for her service to humanity. In 1996, she was honored to have been included among a select group of 21 Head Start - affiliated persons to travel to Africa to provide guidance on setting up public education programs for children. In 1999, she received the Whitney B. Young Humanitarian Award from the Greenville Urban League, August 2000, received the Southeastern Region Humanitarian Award and October 2000, received the National Community Action Volunteer Award.
She serves on the Planning and Development Committee as Vice Chairman, and on the Public Safety and Human Services Committee. She is also Liaison for County Council to the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.
Lottie Beal Gibson married Dr. W. F. Gibson, with whom she had four children, Bill, Tim, Ken, and Gay and nine adorable grandchildren, Savannah, Sara, Christian, Bill, Doyle, Jasmine, Brittany, Zachery, and Takeesha. Mrs. Gibson resides at the Greenville County address that has been her home for more than 40 years.
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