Gwinnett Tech Horticulture Instructor Named Educator of Year
Dr. Phil Gibson receives highest honor from Georgia Green Industry Association
Gwinnett Technical College horticulture instructor Dr. Phil Gibson has been named the Educator of the Year by the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA), the highest honor bestowed on green industry educators in the state of Georgia.
The GGIA is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of Georgia's nursery, garden center and landscape industry. Membership is comprised of nursery stock growers, landscape contractors and maintenance firms, garden centers, arborists and allied suppliers.
Individuals working in education from K-12 in two-year and four-year institutions throughout the state are nominated by the membership for this award. A selection committee determines the recipient from the nominees.
"We are so proud and pleased for Dr. Gibson for receiving this prestigious industry award," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby. "It is justly due as he is an outstanding educator and respected member of the Gwinnett Tech team, as well as a remarkable, knowledgeable resource within the field of horticulture."
Gibson has been an instructor at Gwinnett Tech for 18 years. He teaches a wide range of topics including plant identification, landscape installation and maintenance, grading and drainage, erosion control, pest management, irrigation, horticulture science, turfgrass management, soils, plant nutrition and botany. Students rely on Gibson for advisement, career counseling and job placement. The lab manual used in the soils course, published by Thompson Learning, was authored by Gibson.
Gibson has also authored numerous scientific studies about his research findings, and his current research interests include phenological effects of specific agents in peach trees and genetics of infectious agents as they relate to certain viruses in plants.
Gibson has also written and published a novel. In addition to receiving this year's GGIA Educator of the Year award, Gibson is also a past recipient of the President's Award at Gwinnett Tech, the President's Award at John Wieland Homes and various quality awards. He and his wife have three children and live in Athens.
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