Dr. Joe Anna Hibler - 2003
Dr. Joe Anna Hibler is a native Oklahoman and has spent most of her life in Western Oklahoma.
Dr. Hibler received a bachelor's degree from Southwestern State College in 1960, a master's degree from Oklahoma State University, and her doctorate from Oklahoma University--all in business education.
Dr. Hibler taught her first four years at Altus High School and served as an adjunct instructor at Altus Junior College. In 1965, she returned to her alma mater as an instructor in the Division of Business.
She later chaired the Office Administration/Business Education Department before becoming the Dean of the School of Business. In 1986, Dr. Hibler was named Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Four years later, the Board of Regents of Oklahoma colleges appointed Dr. Hibler President of Southwestern. When she assumed her duties on July 1, 1990, Dr. Hibler became the first woman in 55 years to serve as president of a university in Oklahoma. In 1996, Dr. Hibler served as the president of the Council of Presidents, which includes the presidents of the 25 public institutions of Higher Education in Oklahoma. Dr. Hibler retired June 30, 2001, ending her eleventh year as president and a 40 year career in education.
Throughout her career, Dr. Hibler has held leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels, including a term as NBEA president and she is active in her community, including work with the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and the Weatherford Industrial Trust. She also serves as a board member of the Oklahoma Academy, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, the United Methodist Foundation and the Weatherford Hospital Trust.