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Mission and Objectives

Hibbs Institute for Business & Economic Research

The Hibbs Institute for Business and Economic Research is a unit of the Soules College of Business and plays an important role in achieving one of President Tidwell’s four strategic pillars of his vision for the University of Texas at Tyler, that it will be “the primary . . . economic driver of East Texas.”  


The Hibbs Institute helps businesses, regional economic development councils and local governments expand business activity in greater East Texas.  TheInstitute (1) collects and presents useful business and economic data and (2) provides professional economic research and analysis for companies and investors considering locating, expanding or investing in East Texas.  The common goal is to increase economic activity, personal income and the economic success of all East Texans. 


The Hibbs Institute will be the primary center for statistical information and rigorous business and economic research for the entire East Texas region.


The Hibbs Institute is comprised of an experienced team of highly skilled, multidisciplinary professionals that works collaboratively to provide the best data and the most rigorous research that businesses and government agencies need to make well-informed decisions.  The Hibbs Institute permanent staff consists of

Dr. Rod Mabry
Executive Director ad interim                           

Dr. Manuel Reyes-Loya
Senior Research Analyst                   


Hibbs Institute Research Fellows

Additional research and other scholarly assistance is provided by our growing list of Hibbs Institute Research Fellows.  Hibbs Fellows are selected on the basis of their demonstrated ability to complete practical research and their willingness to commit to Hibbs Institute values of quality and independence and to working on regional issues of concern to East Texas.  Current Fellows include: 

Dr. Marilyn Young
UT Tyler Professor of Management, who has extensive scholarly publications and contract work in the area of labor market analysis in East Texas; and

Dr. Robert Carey
Director of Clemson University’s Regional Dynamics and Economics Laboratory, who has also published empirical and theoretical work involving regional economic analysis.

Dr. Scott Scarborough
University of Akron Professor of Accounting, who has worked in university Management, especially business affairs and has a background in East Texas.


Advisory Board

As a unit of the Soules College of Business of The University of Texas at Tyler, the Hibbs Institute is guided by the dean and president of the University, as well as the UT System Board of Regents.  However, and especially in its start-up phase, the Hibbs Institute is very grateful for the advice and guidance provided by a very capable Advisory Board.  Besides being interested in the success of the Hibbs Institute, these leaders are keenly interested in improving the economic prosperity of all East Texans.   In addition, all stakeholders agree that the Hibbs Institute should value focusing on East Texas, conducting independent research, and producing the most accurate and complete analysis possible for clients.  Advisory Board members include:


Billy Hibbs, Jr.
Tyler, TX
Chairman/Owner, Heartland Security Insurance Group, Inc.

Gary Allen
Kilgore, TX
Executive Director, East Texas Council of Governments

Scott Scarborough, DBA
Akron, OH
Prof of Accounting, Univ of Akron; President, Ohio Bible Univer.

Wayne Mansfield
Longview, TX
President/CEO, Longview Economic Development Corporation

Tom Mullins
Tyler, TX
President/CEO, Tyler Eco Dev Corp and Chamber of Commerce

Ray Perryman, PhD
Waco, TX
President/CEO, Ray Perryman Group, Inc. (econ research cntr)

Rod Mabry, PhD
ex officio
Hibbs executive director

Manuel Reyes, PhD
ex officio
Hibbs senior research associate

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