Dr. Hull joined Olivet's School of Education as dean and professor in 2014. His 30-plus years of experience in various public education and community leadership positions prepared him well for taking on this assignment.
Prior to coming to Olivet, Dr. Hull was 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 (Kansas) District Schools; superintendent of schools in Osawatomie, Kansas, and Blakesburg, Iowa; and secondary principal for Altoona-Midway, Jefferson County North and Lawrence (Kansas) Schools. Bob was a secondary science teacher and athletic coach. He also taught graduate-level courses at Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe and Pittsburg (Kansas) State University. In 2013, he was elected as a member of MidAmerica's Board of Trustees.
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).
During his time away from work, he enjoys golfing, water sports and photography.
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, Kansas. Brett is a correctional advisor for Johnson County, Kansas.