Dr. Terry Gipson
Dr. Terry A. Gipson was born into a farming family in southeast Missouri. In high school, Dr. Gipson was active in FFA and attained the rank of State Farmer. He also showed FFA steers.
Dr. Gipson earned his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1978. From 1978 through 1981, Dr. Gipson served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zaire, first as a teacher at a veterinary technical school in northeastern Zaire and later as a regional representative in southeastern Zaire. Following his Peace Corps experience, Dr. Gipson entered graduate school, earning a M.S. from the University of Missouri in 1984 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1989, both in the area of Animal Science. Dr. Gipson's doctoral thesis subject was lactation curves in dairy goats and factors that affect the curves.
Dr. Gipson, along with his family, then returned to Africa as an agricultural missionary with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Senegal, West Africa from 1989 to 1991.
Upon his return to the U.S., Dr. Gipson entered a Research Associate Post-doctoral position at GIGR from 1991 through 1993. At GIGR, he was involved in a breeding for year-round cashmere production.
Dr. Gipson, in 1993, joined Virginia State University as an Assistant Professor in the Meat Goat Program. At VSU, Dr. Gipson held a split appointment in research and extension. His research emphasis while at VSU included the evaluation of an accelerated kidding system and parasite-resistance in several goat breeds.
In 1998, Dr. Gipson returned to GIGR as an Associate Research Professor. Dr. Gipson is the Goat Extension Leader and coordinates the outreach program for the goat program. His responsibilities include coordinator of the annual Goat Field Day, editor of the newsletter, organizer of the annual producer workshops, and supervisor of the meat buck performance test. He also teaches Animal Breeding and Applied Statistics.
Dr. Gipson has published several articles concerning goat breeding, production and parasitism in goats. He has also given numerous extension presentations.
In his spare time, Dr. Gipson enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children and two dogs. He also enjoys nature, especially bird-watching, and volunteering for various activities at their church.