Todd P. Hubbard, associate professor of aviation at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the University Aviation Association’s (UAA) President’s Award. Hubbard was presented with the award during the 69thUAA Annual Education Conference and Expo, September 28-30, in Omaha, NE.
Suzanne Kearns, president of the UAA and associate professor at the University of Waterloo, selected Hubbard for the award for his academic contributions to the field and the organization, as well as his “leadership and representation of what the UAA stands for.” Hubbard was also recently elected to serve on the UAA board as a trustee. OU Aviation director and UAA member Ken Carson says the award and elected position represents great credit not only to Hubbard but to the university as a whole.
“As a UAA member, former board member, and now a UAA trustee, Todd Hubbard has exhibited extraordinary leadership in the aviation field and has demonstrated remarkable scholarship,” Carson said. “His direction as editor of the Collegiate Aviation Review International raises the bar for research and the quality of publications all across collegiate aviation.”
Hubbard is an associate professor and serves as the Clarence E. Page Professor at the University of Oklahoma Aviation department. He earned his BA in history at Oklahoma State University and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1974. Hubbard earned his MS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (international campus) in 1987, retired from the USAF in 1995 and went on to earn his doctorate in education from OSU in 2000.
Following USAF retirement, he worked as an instructional designer/programmer in E-3 AWACS simulation for the Boeing Company and was a contract instructional systems designer for OU, building courseware for Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.
During his USAF career Hubbard served as commander of Loring Maine's T-37 accelerated copilot enrichment program, twice commanded the 4402 reconnaissance squadron (provisional) at King Fahad Air Base, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and commanded the Services Squadron at Beale AFB CA. As a U-2 high altitude reconnaissance pilot, he flew 60 missions on behalf of the president of the United States, the secretary of defense, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations, foreign customers and theater commanders in all worldwide regions. He has served as a reconnaissance staff officer for NATO (1989-1992), and as a tactical/evaluation observer pilot for NATO, he flew missions in the RF-4C and F-16.
The University Aviation Association (UAA), a nonprofit organization, represents more than 500 members consisting of educators, students, high schools, two- and four-year collegiate institutions offering aviation degree programs and organizations and industry representatives that support collegiate aviation. The UAA also serves as the voice of collegiate aviation education to government, industry organizations and the general public.