Dr. Dan S. Hobbs served as interim chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education from 1987 to 1988.
Prior to becoming interim chancellor, Hobbs served as senior vice chancellor of the Planning and Policy Research Division for seven years and as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for eight years.
Hobbs joined the State Regents in 1961 as research assistant and became the educational programs officer and senior research officer in 1966.
Hobbs retired as senior vice chancellor emeritus from the State Regents in 1988 after 27 years of service but remained active in higher education. In 1989 he became an adjunct professor of higher education at Oklahoma State University and then served as distinguished professor of education at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma for five years. In 1991 he was again asked to serve higher education as the interim president of the University Center at Tulsa, and in 1995 he became director of the Legacy Project for USAO. In 1994 he was honored for his dedication to higher education by being named to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.
Academic Credentials and Honors
Over the years, Hobbs has served on numerous boards, including the American College Testing Program, the Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees, the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, the coordinating council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society.
Hobbs has bachelor’s in English and history from Oklahoma Panhandle State College (now Oklahoma Panhandle State University) and a master’s of education and doctorate in higher education from the University of Oklahoma.
Chancellor Hobbs passed away on January 12, 2023.