The Stephenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire John R. Hubbard as the executive director of Stephenville Economic Development Authority at an annual salary of $100,000.
Hubbard has an impressive resume and most recently served five years as executive director of the Balch Springs Economic Development Corporation in Balch Springs.
During Hubbard’s tenure with the Balch Springs EDC, the organization was involved in the completion of over 75 projects, creating over 950 jobs in Balch Springs.
At the meeting, Hubbard said. “I am so pleased to be coming here because one thing I really like is the ‘can-do attitude” I see everywhere in Stephenville. We’re going to be doing some very exciting things here."
He continued, “Economic development is about community development and giving the citizens what they want. We can do that.”
Mayor Kenny Weldon said, “We should applaud the hard work of the SEDA board for their efforts to recommend an outstanding candidate in Mr. John Hubbard for the executive director position. I was very impressed by the significant improvement in the caliber of candidates that were considered for the position compared to the previous search and I think we are very fortunate to have someone as experienced and talented as Mr. Hubbard.”
A few other highlights from Hubbard’s resume include:
• Assistant city manager for Economic & Community Development, City of Balch Springs
• Executive director, Hutchins EDC
• Adjunct professor in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Team, University of North Texas Dallas
• City manager of Cockrell Hill
• Doctoral candidate in the Human Capital Development Ph.D. Program at The University of Southern Mississippi where he is a Munro Petroleum Scholar
• Recently selected as the 2015 Outstanding Human Capital Development Ph.D. student at the university.
• Inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key Honor Societies while at Southern Miss.
• Holds an undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Science in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi.
• Holds certifications as a Certified Economic Developer, an Economic Development Finance Professional and Professional Community Economic Developer.
No date for Hubbard to begin his duties as executive director of SEDA was spelled out at the meeting as that will be worked out between City Administrator Pat Bridges and Hubbard in the coming days.
Speaking of Bridges and Hubbard, Hubbard is a member of a world class barbershop quartet and it was Bridges’ birthday Tuesday, so Hubbard led the audience and city council in a round of “Happy Birthday to You,” after which the meeting was adjourned.