John R. Hubbard


John Hubbard
United States Ambassador to India
In office
December 27, 1988 – November 15, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJohn Gunther Dean
Succeeded byWilliam Clark Jr.
8th President of the University of Southern California
In office
Preceded byNorman Topping
Succeeded byJames Zumberge
Personal details
John Randolph Hubbard

December 3, 1918
Belton, Texas, U.S.
DiedAugust 21, 2011 (aged 92)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (BA, MA, PhD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy

John Randolph Hubbard (December 3, 1918 – August 21, 2011)[1] was an American educator, academic administrator, and diplomat who served as the eighth president of the University of Southern California from 1970 and 1980.

Early life and education

Hubbard was born and raised in Belton, Texas.[2] He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas, he became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.[3]


After serving as the private secretary to the commissioner of the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1938 to 1941, Hubbard became a pilot in the United States Navy during World War II, winning four Air Medals. Hubbard participated in Navy flight training with Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the older brother of John F. Kennedy.


Hubbard began his career in academics as assistant professor at Louisiana State University. He later became a visiting professor at Yale University, and later served as dean and professor of history at Tulane University.

Hubbard became the eighth president of the University of Southern California in 1970, succeeding Norman Topping. He had served as USC vice president and provost in 1969 after spending four years in India as chief education adviser to the United States Agency for International Development.

In 1970, USC became a member of the Association of American Universities. Between 1970 and 1980, USC rose from 33 to 19 in National Science Foundation federal research rankings and applications rose from 4,100 to more than 11,000. Hubbard's Toward Century II campaign, started in 1976, raised more than $306 million.[4] During his time as president, Hubbard also became friendly with Gerald Ford, and the two placed wagers on the outcome of the 1977 Rose Bowl during a campaign stop.[5] Hubbard left USC in 1980, and was succeeded as President by James Zumberge.[6]

Ambassador to India

He served as the United States Ambassador to India from 1988 to 1989 under President George H. W. Bush.

Later career

Hubbard continued to teach history during his term as president and afterward, until shortly before his death. Hubbard served on the USC Board of Trustees. USC's Student Services building was renamed John Hubbard Hall in September 2003.[7]

Hubbard was awarded honorary degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Westminster College, the College of the Ozarks, and USC Gould School of Law.

Personal life

Hubbard was a lifelong Republican, but supported the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign.[8][9] Hubbard died in Rancho Mirage, California on August 12, 2011 at the age of 92.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Notice of death of John R. Hubbard". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  2. ^ "John R. Hubbard | About USC". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ The Cactus Yearnbook. Austin, TX: University of Texas. 1939. p. 396.
  4. ^ McAllister, Bill; Goshko, John M. (1988-11-23). "REAGAN NAMES 32 TO POSTS AS TERM WANES". Washington Post (in American English). ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ Epting, Charles (2013-07-02). University Park, Los Angeles: A Brief History. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62584-028-8.
  6. ^ "About USC - History". 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  7. ^ "John Hubbard Hall, William Lee Wollett, architect, University of Southern California". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  8. ^ "John R. Hubbard".
  9. ^ Berke, Richard L. (24 November 1988). "Lame-Duck Appointments by President Touch off Questions About Timing". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "John Hubbard, U.S. ambassador and USC president, dies | History News Network". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  11. ^ Times, By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles. "John R. Hubbard dies at 92; USC president, historian and diplomat". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
Academic offices
Preceded by President of the University of Southern California
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Ambassador to India
Succeeded by