Dr. Thomas Hibbs returns to his alma mater as the first alumnus to serve as president
of the University of Dallas, where he received his B.A. in English (’82) and M.A.
in philosophy (’83). He completed his M.M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Notre
Dame. Dr. Hibbs was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving
to Boston College, where he taught for 13 years and was full professor and chair of
the Department of Philosophy.
From 2003 to 2019, Dr. Hibbs was dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor
of ethics and culture at Baylor University. Baylor has honored him with the title
Dean Emeritus. Dr. Hibbs also directed Baylor in Washington, D.C., coordinating student
internships, a religious liberty initiative in collaboration with the Religious Freedom
Institute and monthly faculty events. With his wife, Stacey Hibbs, Ph.D., he co-taught
a senior capstone class on friendship.
During his career Dr. Hibbs has published more than 30 scholarly articles and has
written, edited or provided introductions for 12 books, including three on the thought
of Thomas Aquinas. His most recent book is Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Philosophy
and Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017). He is currently writing a book on aesthetics
and a book on liberal education.
Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, he has published more
than 100 reviews and articles on film, theater, art and higher education in First
Things, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Atlantis,
The Wall Street Journal and National Review, among others. He has appeared on radio,
including nationally syndicated NPR shows, more than 100 times.
In 2010, Dr. Hibbs received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence
Award. He was a faculty mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program from 2013-2016
and is past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2017).
The Hibbs have three children, two of whom are Baylor alumni and one who currently