State Chancellor Mark Heinrich introduced Huebner to the staff during the short presentation. Huebner said he was excited about the opportunity.
“I grew up wanting to teach,” Huebner said. “I had teachers as my mentors. I’ve admired teachers. I admire teachers today.
“I believe in what happens in the classroom. What happens in the classroom is transformative,” he continued. “It changes lives, it changes families — it changed my family — it changes communities, and we get to be a part of that process. That’s really, really exciting to me.
“To me, it’s the centerpiece of what any institution of higher learning does — we teach, in all kinds of contexts, but we teach.”
Huebner was named acting president of the community college late last week, but Heinrich said they were still soliciting feedback from employees of the college regarding what would be important in a new, permanent president.
Huebner had been serving as the dean of student services at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.
Huebner earned a bachelor of arts degree with majors in communication and English from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. He received his master of arts in communication from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. in communication, with a doctoral minor in research methods, from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He is also credited with a key role in forming a partnership with Mercedes-Benz while at Shelton State, as well as listing his accomplishments in various other post-secondary roles over the last two decades.
Huebner is currently on the Governor’s Black Belt Committee for Workforce Development.