Jacksonville College Interim Dean of Students David Hubbard left retirement to devote his time to the college’s students.
“My friend of many years, (Jacksonville College President) Dr. Edwin Crank, called three weeks ago and asked me to come down and serve through the semester,” Hubbard said. “I couldn’t turn him down.
Hubbard’s first day was Feb. 1, and since then he has spent his time becoming involved in the residence halls, working with the students in any type of student service area and learning all the duties of his job.
Dr. Crank said Hubbard is doing a great job.
“During his time with Lon Morris College and Trinity Valley Community College, he served in about every role there is except president of those institutions,” Crank said. “He is qualified to teach sociology, he’s very articulate and is a good all-around guy.”
Hubbard said he has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, 14 of them with LMC. In 1999 he went to TVCC where he served about 10 years.
“We raised about $3 million for scholarships for students,” he said of his work in fundraising.
He later became assistant to the TVCC president and then vice president of resource management and college relations.
“I enjoy working with students directly and will enjoy working on an interim basis through the spring semester,” he said.
Crank said he felt the need have someone in the office of the dean of students during the spring semester before a full dean of students would be chosen.
“I recommended to the board we needed to have someone to finish out the year,” Crank said. “He has the experience.”
Crank also said he will not rule out continuing Hubbard’s employment beyond interim dean of students, but said for now there is an understanding Hubbard’s current position is an interim one.
Hubbard said he is open to the possibility of eventually becoming the college’s dean of students beyond an interim position.
“The students are taking to him well,” Crank said. “He has provided leadership and been with the student government. He’s in with all the student activities.”
Hubbard is a 1973 Baylor University graduate who moved to Jacksonville and was asked to come to Lon Morris College in 1985. He married Lynne, his wife of 37 years and a Jacksonville College graduate and former cheerleader. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law and a grandson.
He retired from Trinity Valley Community College in fall, 2009, and before that worked for Lon Morris College in a variety of roles.
“This college is a very unique and wonderful place,” Hubbard said. “It has a dedicated faculty and staff and it is refreshing to see the caliber of students here. They are kind and respectful students; this school has a dedicated Christian-based student body.”
Hubbard replaced former dean of students James Spurgeon, who went to work for Central Texas College in Killeen as a counselor.