Published on January 4th, 2023 | by University of Mississippi


Gibson Gift Names Gate 32 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ole Miss

Ole Miss Athletics Foundation honors couple with lasting family tribute

Terry and Charlie Gibson‘s $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi is being honored by the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation with a lasting family tribute.

The Oxford couple’s name adorns Gate 32 of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, representing in perpetuity the family’s desire to strengthen athletics facilities and help recruit student-athletes to campus.

“Our hope for the gift is to be a part of the university’s vision to equip our student-athletes, coaches and all support staff with what’s necessary to compete at the highest levels in collegiate athletics,” said Charlie Gibson, a retired executive vice president for Family Dollar.

The Gibsons, high school sweethearts in Meridian, remained together through college and graduated from UM in 1982 with bachelor’s degrees in business administration. Terry Gibson then worked as a financial adviser before starting a family. The Gibsons have three adult sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandsons – all Rebel fans.

“Ole Miss has always been a special place for us,” Charlie Gibson said. “Last year we decided to make Oxford our home and really wanted to become a part of the fabric of the Rebel community.

“Matt McLaughlin (associate athletics director for development) was instrumental in getting us plugged in, and over the last year we met several others from the athletics department. We really appreciated their commitment to the student-athlete and pursuit of excellence.”

The Gibsons’ gift is part of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation’s drive to honor donors with naming opportunities for each entrance gate at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Naming opportunities remain available for the grand gates at the north, east and west entrances as well as a limited number of individual gates.

“We are so grateful to Charlie and Terry for participating in our gate naming initiative, which plays an integral role in supporting Champions. Now., our campaign to bolster athletics at Ole Miss,” Matt McLaughlin said. “This type of gift shows the Gibsons’ commitment to helping us make a transformative difference in the lives of our student-athletes.”

Terry Gibson said their fondest memories revolve around the lifelong friendships they developed as undergraduates at Ole Miss – he through Sigma Nu and she through Phi Mu – as well as those they’ve shared with other members of Rebel Nation gathered for games on campus.

“We love that awesome feeling you have on a fall Saturday in The Grove,” she said. “Ole Miss is special; the people are special; and we are confident that the Rebels will continue to do amazing things. Go Rebs!”

Champions. Now. is an ongoing fundraising campaign designed to support the expansion and renovation of the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center; the Ole Miss golf, softball and soccer complexes; and Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

To make a gift to Champions. Now., contact McLaughlin at or 662-915-7894. Champions. Now. is part of Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss.

By Bill Dabney

Keith Carter (left), University of Mississippi vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, and Matt McLaughlin (right), chief development officer for athletics, gather with (from left) Charlie, Terry, Charlie IV, Charles III, Bo, Hendrix and Alexia Gibson at the new Gibson Family Gate at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The naming honors the family’s $250,000 gift to Ole Miss athletics. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation
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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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