IRVINE, Calif., Oct.19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- University of California, Irvine Extension, the continuing education unit of UC Irvine, announced the appointment of Ian Gibson, Esq. as the director of law and finance programs. Gibson will oversee the development and promotion of new legal and financial programs, as well as the continued management and optimization of department resources and policies to ensure that all curriculum components complement today's marketplace needs.
"Ian's impressive background in law and business will serve as a crucial asset to our growing law, finance and leadership programs," said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. "His expertise will contribute immensely to the UC Irvine Extension community as the school continues to expand while providing innovative course offerings with high quality education."
Prior to joining UC Irvine Extension, Gibson was a practicing civil attorney with the highly regarded intellectual property firm, One LLP. Gibson's legal practice primarily focused on litigation and transactional matters in copyright, trademark, and entertainment law. He represented a broad variety of clients including internationally known illustrators, photographers, film production companies, musicians, and technology firms. Before entering his legal career, Gibson was a successful session musician and composer, performing on live network television and an Emmy award-winning soundtrack.
In addition, Gibson also serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors for 1888, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts in Orange County. While earning his law degree from Chapman University School of Law, Gibson served as Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and received numerous CALI Awards for earning the top grade in various courses. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California.
"I look forward to working on unique program initiatives that will ensure the success of our students in today's workforce," said Gibson. "Working with the exceptional team at UC Irvine Extension, I am thrilled to build upon the organization's already exceptional reputation for providing top quality education for those seeking to achieve their professional development goals."
For more information about UC Irvine Extension's law and finance certificate programs, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/ or call 949-824-5414.
About UC Irvine Extension: University of California, Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine, serving adult students online, at the UC Irvine campus and at employer sites nationally and worldwide. Since 1962, UC Irvine Extension has offered open enrollment learning opportunities to the Orange County community, providing open access to the resources of the university, through Certificate and Specialized Studies programs (http://extension.uci.edu) and free, open educational resources (http://ocw.uci.edu). Connect with UC Irvine Extension on the institution's social media channels.
About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities, it's Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.
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SOURCE UC Irvine Extension