Gibson was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Gibson spent time in California, North Carolina, and Georgia during his childhood. Raised mostly in Atlanta, GA, Gibson is a graduate of the Communication Magnet Program at Henry Woodfin Grady High School.
He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, where he studied music and English. He also worked in the Winston-Salem, NC community in various capacities ranging from restaurant manager, to musical director of a program for promising youth with troubled pasts.
Gibson then moved to Boone, NC to attend Appalachian State University (ASU), where he obtained Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees in higher education. He is the first person in the history of the ASU Higher Education Program to complete both degrees in two years. Gibson was an advisee of Barbara S. Bonham, Ph.D. (master's degree), and Hunter R. Boylan, Ph.D. (specialist degree). During his time at ASU, Gibson worked as Graduate Assistant to Edelma D. Huntley, Ph.D., former Dean of the Graduate School and Chief Research Officer, for approximately two years.
Gibson currently holds ABD status in the higher education Ph.D. program at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Previously, Gibson served as Graduate Assistant, PSU Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs (2013-2018) and Research Assistant, PSU Center for the Study of Higher Education (2011-2013). He is a past vice president of the PSU Higher Education Student Association (HESA), past president of the PSU Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), and a past president of the PSU White Course Community Association (WCCA).
The eldest child of a large family, Gibson's most prized possession is a trophy inscribed with the words "World's Greatest Brother" given to him by his siblings. Gibson is Life Member # 12836 of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He is immediate past president of the Zeta Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (Harrisburg, PA).