Dr. Chuck Hibberd grew up in Cozad and Lexington before completing degrees in Animal Science at UNL and Oklahoma state University. Although initially interested in beef cattle consulting, his 38-year career focused on teaching, research and extension roles in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana.
Hibberd retired June 30, 2020 following eight years of service as Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension. Prior to this appointment, he was associate dean, director of extension and assistant vice president of engagement at Purdue University. He also served 13 years as director of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Hibberd started his career as a faculty member in the Animal Science Department at Oklahoma State University.
Hibberd has served Cooperative Extension regionally and nationally. He was a nine-year member of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, the national governing board of the Cooperative Extension Section representing 76 land-grant based Extension programs across the U.S. In October 2018, he completed a term as national board chair for ECOP.