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Boston professor nabs dean position

March 18, 2003

By Barry Hall

Thomas S. Hibbs, professor and chair of philosophy at Boston College, will serve as dean of Baylor's Honor College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.

Hibbs has been a member of the Boston College philosophy faculty for 13 years and has served as the chairman of the department since 2002. Hibbs also has made his impact in several forms of media as a specialist in medieval philosophy, ethics and philosophy of popular culture.

In a press release, Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. complimented Hibbs as an outstanding scholar who represents Baylor's aspirations for a world-class faculty.

'The appointment of Tom Hibbs brings an eminently qualified and noted public intellectual to lead the Honors College,' Sloan said. 'I believe Dr. Hibbs will shape the Honors College into the kind of academic enterprise that will bring further distinction to Baylor University.'

Hibbs will replace Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey and will become the first permanent dean of the Honors College.

Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities and provost-elect, has been serving as the administrative head of the new college.

Jeffrey noted that the addition of Hibbs to the Baylor faculty is already being noticed around the world because of Hibbs' reputation as an international scholar.

'Hibbs is an academic scholar-teacher of the highest level of intellectual acumen,' Jeffrey said. 'He is recognized for his writing in academic and non-academic publications.'

In addition to editing and authoring books on the works of Augustine and Aquinas, Hibbs reviews movies for National Review Online and The Weekly Standard. He gained considerable fame for his book Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from The Exorcist to Seinfeld.

Hibbs earned his bachelor's degree in literature and master's degree in philosophy from the University of Dallas.

He also earned a master's degree in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame.

'To be appointed dean of the Honors College is a tremendous honor,' Hibbs said in a press release. 'It is an intellectually exciting time to join the university in its fulfillment of Baylor 2012.'