Hibbs, Paul, (1906-1982.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Paul Hibbs (1906-1982) was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Wesleyan (Baker University) in 1928. That same year he began teaching speech at Du Quoin Township High School. In this capacity he led the Du Quoin debate and speech teams to national prominence from 1933-1947. He also earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1942, authored a text on speech, coached baseball, served as district National Forensic League chairman, and served as Du Quoin's principal from 1947-1965.
Hibbs resigned his Du Quoin position in 1965 to begin work at Southern Illinois University as an associate professor in the Speech Department and Coordinator of Special Programs. As Coordinator, Hibbs was responsible for University Convocations (a lecture series) and the Celebrity Series, which he began in 1966. He directed numerous plays and musicals at Southern Illinois University and elsewhere in the Southern Illinois area. Hibbs retired as full professor from the Speech Department in 1976. He died in 1982.