F. Steb Hipple is 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. Under a National Merit Scholarship, Hipple received a bachelor’s degree in
economics and finance in 1962 and a master’s degree in economics in 1964 from Trinity
University in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Hipple was awarded the Ph.D. in economics in 1972
by Southern Methodist University in 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 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
Currently, Dr. Hipple teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics,
and International Economics.
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 is employed by the University
as a rural health care coordinator. They have four children who all attended Johnson
City public schools and ETSU.