MI Alumnus Thomas S. Hibbs Appointed President of University of Dallas

Author: Emily Mahan

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The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced on March 13th the appointment of the university's ninth president: Thomas S. Hibbs. Dr. Hibbs is not only an alumnus of the University of Dallas, but an alumnus of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1987 under the direction of past MI director Ralph M. McInerny, with a dissertation entitled "The Pedagogy of Law and Virtue in the Summa Theologiae."

Professor Hibbs has authored numerous scholarly articles and three books on Thomas Aquinas: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001); and Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2007). Dr. Hibbs is also known as a commentator on popular culture, having written two books on film (Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from the Exorcist to Seinfeld and Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption) and over 200 movie reviews. Since 2003, he has served as Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University.

Read the University of Dallas's full story on the appointment of Professor Hibbs here.