Ivy Gibson appointed WCU's chief compliance officer

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Press release courtesy of Bill Studenc, Director of the Office of Communications and Public Relation at Western Carolina University.

CULLOWHEE – Ivy Demetria Gibson, senior strategic business partner in human resources at Mission Health in Asheville, has been named assistant general counsel and chief compliance officer at Western Carolina University, effective June 1.

Gibson, a resident of Franklin, is filling a vacancy created when J. Wesley Chancey, WCU’s inaugural compliance officer, became associate general counsel and Title IX coordinator for the university in April.

In her new role, Gibson will be responsible for ensuring that WCU remains in accordance with the hundreds of federal, state and University of North Carolina system laws, regulations and policies with which the university must comply, said Shea Browning, WCU’s general counsel.

“Ivy comes to us with unique regulatory and legal experience in multiple sectors, including health care and energy,” Browning said. “I am confident that her skill set will complement and enhance the coverage of the Legal Counsel Office. We are excited that she is joining our team.”

In her work at Mission Health, Gibson has been responsible for developing and interpreting a wide variety of polices to ensure legal and regulatory compliance, including matters related to the federal Health Information and Portability and Accountability Act, accreditation standards, drug diversion, reasonable accommodations, harassment and discrimination.

Prior to joining Mission Health in 2016, she was a staff attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., and served as a legal intern in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Gibson earned her law degree at the Catholic University of America in 2013 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.

A native of Andrews who worked as a legal assistant for Legal Aid of North Carolina in Hayesville during the summer of 2011, Gibson said she is glad to be returning to southwestern North Carolina in a professional capacity.

“I am thrilled to join the WCU team and to use my background and strengths in service to an organization that is invested in providing outstanding educational opportunity for our communities in Western North Carolina and beyond,” she said.