Publish date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
IRVING — The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced that it has selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first University of Dallas alumnus to become president, Hibbs has served as the inaugural dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.
"We are truly blessed to have Dr. Thomas Hibbs return to his alma mater as president. His educational history as a student, a professor and an administrator at top Catholic universities throughout our land and most recently at Baylor University is absolutely exceptional. I look forward to working with him and welcoming him into his role as president of the University of Dallas," said Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas and University Chancellor Edward J. Burns.
Originally hailing from the D.C. suburbs, Hibbs first came to Irving in 1980 as a Holy Trinity seminarian, after studying business for two years at the University of Maryland. A year later, he left Holy Trinity for his true calling: that of the intellectual life that he discovered at the University of Dallas.
"I am humbled and honored by this appointment, which allows me to return to the university where I first learned what Catholic liberal education is all about," said Hibbs. "My experience at a number of other academic institutions since I left UD has only confirmed in my mind the distinctive and indispensable role of the University of Dallas in the landscape of American higher education and in Catholic education across the globe. I am especially honored to be joining a university with such a well-earned reputation for excellence in teaching, at the center of which is a faculty that combines scholarly achievement with devotion to the craft of teaching."
Hibbs received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Dallas and both a master's and a doctorate in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame. He was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for 13 years as full professor and chair of the philosophy department.
"Tom Hibbs is one of the finest Catholic educators in America: a first-rate intellect wedded to administrative ability and a deep commitment to the church," said George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon chair in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as well as the father of two UD alumnae. "UD couldn't have made a better or more exciting choice of president."
Since 2014, Hibbs has also served Baylor as director of its programs in Washington, D.C., coordinating student internships, a religious liberty initiative with Georgetown University and monthly faculty events.
Further, Hibbs has helped organize and participated in Baylor study abroad programs in Italy, Greece and Turkey.
"The University of Dallas is getting an outstanding leader in Dr. Hibbs," said Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. "I have greatly appreciated his vision and leadership of our Honors College and Baylor in Washington initiative, and he will be deeply missed by students, faculty and staff across our campus. We wish him well as he joins a long list of individuals with Baylor ties who serve as top executives at colleges and universities worldwide."
Hibbs has spent most of his career writing, teaching and designing/implementing academic programs; he has 30 published academic articles, and two are forthcoming. He has written, edited or provided introductions for 12 books. including three on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. He has also written more than 200 movie reviews and dozens of essays and book reviews for publications such as National Review, Catholic World Report, First Things, The Weekly Standard and others.
Hibbs will begin in his new role July 1 on a campus that has experienced significant growth recently. In the past several years UD has seen its largest incoming undergraduate class, its highest overall enrollment, the introduction of multiple new academic programs, and AACSB accreditation of the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business. Additionally, the university has expanded its Rome, Italy campus, leveraged a real estate sale to boost its endowment by 27 percent, and invested more than $32 million in new buildings and athletic facilities.
"Tom Hibbs is an inspired choice for the University of Dallas. It's not often that a university can choose as its leader a real philosopher who has years of experience running first-rate programs in higher education. Tom is also a public intellectual whose observations on contemporary affairs are often more interesting than the culture he is analyzing," said Catholic University of America President John Garvey. "Add to this his considerable personal charm, and the fact that he is a father of college students of his own, and you have the formula for the ideal college president. I congratulate his alma mater on selecting him."
IRVING — El Consejo Directivo de la Universidad de Dallas anunció que ha seleccionado a Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, para servir como noveno presidente de la universidad. El primer exalumno de la Universidad de Dallas en convertirse en presidente, Hibbs ha servido como decano inaugural del Colegio de Honores y profesor distinguido de Ética y Cultura de la Universidad Baylor desde 2003.
"Estamos verdaderamente bendecidos de que el Dr. Thomas Hibbs regrese a su alma mater como presidente. Su historia educativa como estudiante, profesor y administrador en las mejores universidades Católicas y más recientemente en la Universidad Baylor es absolutamente excepcional. Estoy listo para trabajar con él y darle la bienvenida en su papel como presidente de la Universidad de Dallas", expresó el Obispo de la Diócesis de Dallas y Canciller de la Universidad Edward J. Burns.
Originalmente proveniente de los suburbios de D.C., Hibbs llegó a Irving en 1980 como seminarista de Holy Trinity después de estudiar ciencias empresariales durante dos años en la Universidad de Maryland. Un año después, dejó Holy Trinity para abrazar su verdadero llamado: el de la vida intelectual que descubrió en la Universidad de Dallas.
"Me siento muy honrado por este nombramiento, que me permite regresar a la universidad donde aprendí por primera vez lo que es la educación liberal Católica", expresó Hibbs. "Mi experiencia en otras instituciones académicas desde que dejé UD sólo me ha confirmado el papel único e indispensable de la Universidad de Dallas en el paisaje de la educación superior americana y en la educación Católica en todo el mundo. Me siento especialmente honrado de unirme a una universidad con una reputación tan bien ganada por su excelencia en la enseñanza, en cuyo centro es una facultad que combina el logro académico con devoción al oficio de la enseñanza."
Hibbs recibió una Licenciatura en Inglés y una Maestría en Filosofía de la Universidad de Dallas y una Maestría y un Doctorado en Estudios Medievales de la Universidad Notre Dame. Fue tutor en Thomas Aquinas College durante tres años antes de mudarse a Boston College, donde enseñó a lo largo de 13 años como profesor titular y Presidente del Departamento de Filosofía.
"Tom Hibbs es una gran opción para la Universidad de Dallas. No es frecuente que una universidad pueda elegir como su líder a un verdadero filósofo con años de experiencia ejecutando programas de primera línea en la educación superior. Tom es también un intelectual público cuyas observaciones en asuntos contemporáneos son a menudo más interesantes que la cultura que está analizando", expresó el Presidente de la Universidad Católica de América, John Garvey. "Añade a esto su gran encanto personal y el hecho de que él mismo es padre de estudiantes universitarios, y tienes la fórmula para el presidente ideal de la universidad. Felicito a su alma mater por haberlo seleccionado".
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