Jonathan Gibralter

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Jonathan C. Gibralter
19th President of Wells College
Assumed office
July 1, 2015
Preceded by Thomas E. J. de Witt (interim)
14th President of Frostburg State University
In office
August 2006 – June 30, 2015
President of Farmingdale State College
In office
June 2001 – August 2006
Jonathan C. Gibralter
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Nationality American
Alma mater Queensborough Community College
Binghamton University (BA, 1978)
New York University (MA, 1982)
Syracuse University (PhD, 1996)
University of Maryland University College (MBA, 2013)
Known for President of Wells College
Home town Bayside, Queens, New York
Spouse(s) Laurie

Jonathan C. Gibralter (born 1956)[1] is an American academic executive and president of Wells College in Aurora, Cayuga County, New York.[2][3] Previously, he was also the 14th president of Frostburg State University in Maryland, from August 2006 to June 30, 2015, as well as president of Farmingdale State College in East Farmingdale, New York from 2001 to 2006.

Early life and education[edit]

Gibralter grew up in Bayside, Queens, New York and attended Queensborough Community College, earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Binghamton University in 1978, a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from New York University in 1982, a Ph.D. in human development from Syracuse University in 1996,[1][4][5] and an MBA from University of Maryland University College in 2013.


In 1986, he got a teaching position at the State University of New York at Morrisville, later becoming Director of Individual Studies (1988-1990) and Associate Dean for the School of Liberal Arts (1990-1993). From 1993 to 1998, Gibralter was the dean of the Rome, New York campus of Mohawk Valley Community College. Gibralter was the Dean of Academic Affairs, and then Interim President, at Corning Community College from 1998 to 2001.[1][6]

He was president of Farmingdale State College in East Farmingdale, New York from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, he became president of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.[7]

Honors and awards[edit]

In September 2008, Gibralter was honored with the Presidential Leadership Award for his efforts in promoting a campus climate that de-emphasizes alcohol and combats binge drinking at Frostburg State University.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Gibralter is the father of two adult sons and is married to Laurie Gibralter.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Erin Gingerich (February 17, 2012). "Sitting Down with Jonathan Gibralter". The Bottom Line, Frostburg State University News. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (February 11, 2015). "President of Maryland college named to lead Wells College". The Post-Standard. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Frostburg State Administrator Named Interim President". Baltimore CBS Local. April 11, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. Bowling will temporarily succeed Jonathan Gibralter, who is leaving June 30 to become president of Wells College in Aurora, New York. 
  4. ^ Anika Clark (April 1, 2012). "UMD Chancellor finalist: Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Carrie Chantler (30 August 2015). "Q & A: Wells College's new president espouses life-long learning and value of a liberal arts education". Auburn Citizen. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan C. Gibralter, President, Frostburg State University". 
  7. ^ "Bright side". Cumberland Times-News. October 9, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Archived October 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Redden (September 4, 2008). "On Alcohol, Leaders Wanted". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved June 8, 2015. Gibralter told the tale Wednesday in accepting an inaugural, first-annual Presidential Leadership Award, which honors presidents for "success in promoting a vibrant intellectual and social climate that deemphasizes the role of alcohol." 
  10. ^ Rick Hampson (May 3, 2015). "Campus drinking: How a party school sobered up". USA Today. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Claude Solnik (September 26, 2003). "Gibralter rocks". Long Island Business News. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 

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