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
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
“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.