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Dean L. Hubbard (born 1939) was the university president of Northwest Missouri State University from 1984 until 2009—the longest of any president in the school history.

Dean L. Hubbard
9th President of Northwest Missouri State University
In office
Preceded byB.D. Owens
Succeeded byJohn Jasinski
Personal details
Born1939 (age 79–80)
Alma materAndrews University
Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea
Ph.D. from Stanford University

During Hubbard's tenure the school avoided an announced closing and created the first electronic campus in the United States. It also experienced success in sport, with Northwest appearing in six national title games and playing some games at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.[1][2][3][4] Before retiring in 2009 a program was started to replace students' printed textbooks with the electronic books or ebooks.[1]

Before Northwest MissouriEdit

Hubbard received bachelor's and master's degrees from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. While living in South Korea from 1966 to 1971 he received a degree in Korean language from Yonsei University in Seoul. He then received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

In 1972 he became a consultant at Union College in Nebraska. He rose to become chief academic officer and then the school's president in 1980.[5]

Northwest MissouriEdit

In 1984 he moved to Northwest where he launched his plan for a computer in every room to make the claim to be the first electronic public university campus in the United States by the time it was rolled out in 1987.[6][7][8][9]

In 1988 Hubbard resolved a crisis when the Missouri Department of Education under John Ashcroft proposed closing Northwest and designating Missouri Western State University 40 miles south in St. Joseph, Missouri as the only state university in northwest Missouri.[10]

Hubbard seeking to differentiate the colleges launched a strategy emphasizing a culture of quality. Missouri won Missouri Quality Awards (based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award) in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008—the most of any organization in Missouri history.[11]

Football powerhouseEdit

The most visible differentiation was Hubbard's hiring of Mel Tjeerdsma in 1994 as head football coach for the Northwest Missouri Bearcats. Tjerdsma went 0-11 in his first season. In 1996 his team made the NCAA Division II playoff and won back to back championships in 1998 and 1999. It has appeared in the championship games in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The success has resulted in several of its games being broadcast live from the Northwest campus.

In 2000–2003 he oversaw the $5 million overhaul of Bearcat Stadium (renamed from Rickenbrode Stadium).

Attempt to rename the Administration BuildingEdit

In 2009 students at the school actively sought to rename the school's landmark Administration Building the Dean L. Hubbard Administration Building. When the University Regents refused saying the building should not be named for anybody, the students sought unsuccessfully to oust the regents. Later the Student Senate in April 2009 voted 23-3 in a vote of no confidence in the Board and specifically asked for the removal of Bill Loch, President of the Regents.[12]

After NorthwestEdit

In 2010 he was named interim president of St. Luke's College of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri. He was formally named to the full position in March 2011.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Northwest and McGraw-Hill Conduct Major eBook Trial". Reuters. Mar 3, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Dean L. Hubbard Northwest Missouri State University - Biography". Health and Human Development Programs,a division of EDC. Center for College Health and Safety. 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Virgil Albertini (2009). "President Dean L. Hubbard (1984–2009)". Northwest Missouri State University. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "President Hubbard announces plan to retire in 2009". Northwest Missouri State University. June 26, 2008. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  5. ^ "Union College Bulletin - Vol 69" (PDF). May 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "President Hubbard announces plan to retire in '09" (PDF). Northwest Missouri State University. September 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  7. ^ Jon T. Rickman; Roger Von Holzen; Paul G. Klute; Teri Tobin (November 2, 2009). "A Campus-Wide E-Textbook Initiative". Copyright 1999–2009 EDUCAUSE. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  8. ^ "Best Colleges 2010". October 7, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  9. ^ "Northwest Missouri State University Chooses VitalSource Bookshelf for e-Textbook Delivery". VitalSource TM. May 20, 2009. Archived from the original on January 1, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  10. ^ Ann Scales Cobbs (November 21, 1988). "Proposals shake up college chiefs cost-cutting ideas for State schools land like 'BOMB'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. NewsBank, Inc. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "Missouri Quality Award Winners". Excellence in Missouri Foundation. 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  12. ^ Jimmy Myers (April 8, 2009). "Northwest senate seeks Loch's removal". St. Joseph News-Press. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
B.D. Owens
President of the Northwest Missouri State University
Succeeded by
John Jasinski