Dr. Robert E. Hull named new dean of School of Education
Posted: Mar 24, 2014
Olivet announces the appointment of Robert E. Hull, Ed.D., as dean of the School of Education, effective July 1, 2014. His 30-plus years of experience in various public education and community leadership positions have prepared him well for taking on this new assignment.
“I have known Dr. Hull for more than 25 years and have seen him to be a man of great integrity and ability,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic affairs. “His gracious, kind spirit comes, I believe, from his strength of character. He is a genuine servant leader. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Olivet community.”
Dr. Hull comes to Olivet from his position as the founding director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools. He led this collaborative office in its work to assist school districts in fulfilling their mission of providing a safe and prepared learning environment for students and staff. He also led in bridging gaps and helping provide the necessary resources and training for responding to school emergencies.
Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent of the Olathe (Kan.) District Schools; superintendent of schools in Osawatomie, Kan., and Blakesburg, Iowa; and secondary principal for Altoona-Midway, Jefferson County North and Lawrence (Kan.) High Schools. He also taught graduate-level courses at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, for 15 years. In 2013, he was elected as a member of MidAmerica’s Board of Trustees.
“As a leader at Olivet, I will work to promote the success of every staff member by developing a climate with high expectations and one that fosters continual growth,” Dr. Hull says. “I am a servant leader and an active listener. I am learning that greatness is not found in possessions, power, possibilities or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.”
Nationally recognized for his extensive work in the areas of school safety and emergency preparedness, Dr. Hull was appointed by former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius in 2007 to chair the Commission on Healthy & Prepared Schools. In 2006, he was invited to be part of President George W. Bush’s Conference on School Safety. His articles have been published extensively, and he is a sought after speaker on these topics for conferences and seminars. A certified emergency manager in Kansas and a nationally certified firefighter, he has also served as an instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Dr. Hull holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/education from MidAmerica. His two master’s degrees — one is in administration and supervision, and one is an educational specialist degree in general administration — are from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. His doctorate in education administration and leadership is from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He also holds certifications as an emergency manager, firefighter, district and building level school administrator, and secondary science teacher.
He and his wife, Marsha (Howk), are the parents of two adult sons, Michael and Brett. Marsha holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica. Mike is the senior pastor of Parsons Nazarene Church, Parsons, Kan. Brett is a correctional advisor for Johnson County, Kan.