District Governor Lelia Gibson
Lelia Gibson from Cookeville, Tennessee, was elected to serve her second term as Governor in Dayton, Tennessee, at the District 12-O Convention in 2019. She is only the second woman in the history of Tennessee Lionism to be elected twice.
Governor Gibson is Director of Communications and Special Projects in the College of Business at Tennessee Tech University and teaches courses in Student Success and Leadership at the university. She holds a bachelor degree in Agriculture and a master degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Tennessee Tech (Go Eagles!).
A member of the Tennessee Tech University Lions Club, Governor Gibson has been a Lion since 2006. She has held many offices within the association, including Multiple District Vice Chair, Multiple District Constitution and Bylaws Chair, Multiple District Leo Coordinator, Multiple District Treasurer, District Global Leadership Team Coordinator, Chair of the Tennessee Lions Learning Retreat, Cookeville Lions Club President and the Tennessee Tech University Lions Club Treasurer.
In recognitions of her service, she has received numerous Lions and non-Lions awards including: a Lions International Leadership Medal, five (5) Lions International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, the Multiple District Lion of the Year Award, the Multiple District Virginia Lindsey Lions Leadership Award (awarded to the top young Lion in the state), listed in the Tennessean’s Top 40 under 40 for community service, her college’s Excellence in Service award, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award (awarded annually to 5 Tennessee higher education employees). She is also a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Governor Gibson’s district has been selected as one of the nine pilots for the North American Membership Initiative. She is serving as Co-Champion of this exciting endeavor