Members of Dr. Hubley's family unveil the plaque with Interim President Jody Harpster, right.

University honors Dr. John E. Hubley

Current and former members of the campus community joined together Oct. 19 to honor the late Dr. John E. Hubley.

Dr. Hubley, a 1950 Shippensburg graduate who died in 2010, served the university for 30 years in numerous roles, including as the first executive vice president. His dedication to the university and his commitment to students were honored Saturday when one of the main rooms in the CUB was renamed the Dr. John Hubley Red Zone. In attendance were members of his family as well as colleagues from throughout his career. Presenting remarks were Interim President Jody Harpster, President Emeritus Tony Ceddia and Dr. C. Robert Orndorff, retired vice president for student affairs and long-time associate and friend of Dr. Hubley.

In his remarks, Harpster said that “It’s difficult to sum up someone’s life and legacy in a few words. I was looking for some kind of quote about helping people or about service to others. But I think the best words are the ones John used in a story we wrote about him when he retired in 1988. The question was how did he want to be remembered. He said: ‘I would like people to say that I had a love for the institution, was loyal to the people I worked for, did the very best I could and was fair in all dealings with students and others I came in contact with. If I did all those things, if all these are true, then I feel my 30 years were indeed worthwhile and satisfying.’

“Those words say it all because they are true. They are also a testament to a humble man who through his commitment to students and his support for this university that he loved so much made an indelible impact on the lives of those who were privileged to know him. We miss him, but he will always be in our hearts and in our memories.”

The inscription on the plaque in his honor reads:

"DR. JOHN E. HUBLEY spent more than 30 years serving Shippensburg University and its students in numerous roles including dean of men, director of admissions, the first vice president for student affairs and the University’s first executive vice president.

"A proud Shippensburg alumnus, Dr. Hubley is widely known for writing the definitive history of the University in his books, Fountainhead of Good Teachers and Hilltop Heritage. He loved to share his encyclopedic knowledge of SU with generations of students, staff and faculty.

"Throughout his distinguished career as coach, teacher and administrator, he helped thousands of students realize their full potential. He was a friend and mentor to students and colleagues alike, who remember his caring demeanor, sense of humor, love of life and his love for his alma mater."


Dr. Hubley's son, John, shares memories of his father with the crowd. In the rear, from left, are Dr. C. Robert Orndorff, Dr. Tony Ceddia and Dr. Harpster.