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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, 1984-2009

For more than two decades, Dr. Dean L. Hubbard focused on enhancing student achievement through university-wide process improvement - a management philosophy that has blossomed into Northwest's award-winning Culture of Quality.

Under Dr. Hubbard's guidance, Northwest became the first public university in the nation to create a fully networked "electronic campus" based on the concept that "students come first." More recently, the University won four Missouri Quality Awards and qualified twice for site visits by Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award evaluators.

Dr. Hubbard has long been a champion of programs that promote greater access to higher education, such as Northwest's pioneering American Dream Grant, a needs-based initiative that provides tuition, room, board, books and a computer to students from lower-income families.

Dr. Hubbard was instrumental in the building of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance research opportunities for students and faculty as well as help grow small businesses in the region.

An educator with broad international experience, Dr. Hubbard lived in Seoul, Korea, from 1966 to 1971 and helped develop language programs in six countries. In addition to extensive work in Asia, he served as a consultant to educational institutions in Europe and Central America and sits on the board of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy .

Prior to coming to Northwest, Dr. Hubbard was president of Union College, in Lincoln, Neb., and earned degrees from Stanford University, Yonsei University and Andrews University.