STEB HIPPLE, PH.D.
P.O. Box 70686
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Voice: (423) 439-5304
Fax: (423) 439-8583
F. Steb Hipple is a retired
Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Finance, East
Tennessee State University, and a Research Associate with the ETSU Bureau of
Business and Economic Research.
Dr. Hipple was raised in Houston, Texas,
and graduated with honors from high school in 1958. Attending
under a National Merit Scholarship, he received the B.A. (economics and
finance) in 1962 and the M.A. (economics) in 1964. Dr. Hipple was awarded the
Ph.D. in economics in 1972 by Southern Methodist
University (Dallas), where he specialized in
international economics and industrial organization.
After teaching several years
at the University of Dallas, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in
1974 at the Brookings Institution in Washington,
D.C., under the sponsorship of
the Ford Foundation. In 1975, Dr. Hipple joined the senior policy staff of the U.S. Department
of Commerce and worked with Cabinet level officials and Congressional oversight
committees during the Ford, Carter, and Reagan Administrations.
In 1982, Dr. Hipple joined
the College of Business
at East Tennessee State
University, accepting a
dual appointment as BBER Director and Professor of Economics. After 13 years
with the Bureau, he returned to full time teaching in 1996. He currently
teaches in the both the undergraduate Economics major and the graduate MBA
programs, while continuing to prepare the popular business conditions reports
for the Bureau. He has authored two books and has published scholarly articles
in leading academic journals. He continues to write and speak extensively in
the Tri-Cities area on regional, national, and international business topics.
Dr. Hipple retired in 2016,
but continues to work with the Department of Economics and Finance and the ETSU
Bureau of Business and Economic Research in a post-retirement appointment.
Dr. Hipple and his family
reside in Johnson City.
His wife Linda is a Registered Nurse, receiving her nursing degree from ETSU in
1985. She was employed by the University as a rural health care coordinator,
retiring in 2013. They have four children who all attended Johnson City public schools and ETSU.