University Appoints New Housing and Residence Life Director

David Hibbler Jr. will move to Chicago from the University of South Florida, where he was director of Residential Education.

By Noah Glasgow

David Hibbler Jr. will become the new executive director of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) at the start of winter quarter, a University press release announced Tuesday.

As executive director of HRL, Hibbler will oversee the management of all seven University dorms, which collectively house about 4,500 students. He will lead a department that employs almost 300 staff members.

Hibbler comes to Chicago from the University of South Florida (USF), where he spent nearly a decade working in student affairs management. His most recent position at USF was director of residential education. He has also served as a Title IX investigator at USF, according to his LinkedIn page.

In 2020, Hibbler, who is Black,  in Curriculum and Instruction from USF for research in managing the “racialized role strain” that Black administrators face at predominantly white institutions of higher education.

“I look forward to creating an environment for residents to live, eat, debate, play together, but most importantly, rest, to fully live out UChicago’s values and bring forth ideas that change the world,” Hibbler said in the University press release.