Dr. Rex Peebles has 30 years of experience in higher education, including positions as instructor, professor, department head, dean, chief academic officer, and vice president of instruction. Prior to joining the Coordinating Board staff, he served as the Vice President of Instruction for Midland College.
Dr. Peebles spent 20 years at Austin Community College as Professor of Government, Department Head of Government, and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As Dean for a period of eight years, Dr. Peebles was responsible for five departments - Government, History, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and Education. He has experience in facility planning, development, and construction; curriculum evaluation and assessment; budget planning and maintenance; course scheduling; faculty evaluation; grant management; and new program creation. He has co-authored a Texas state and local government textbook, Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies. Retaining an interest in political philosophy, he also has authored The Theoria and Praxis of Obligations to Future Generations.
Dr. Peebles has served as chair or vice-chair for a number of advisory committees. Dr Peebles served as a member of the Coordinating Board's Academic Course Guide Manual Advisory Committee for a period of nine years, four years of which he also served as the committee's co-chair. He also served on the Coordinating Board's committee that created the Associate of Arts in Teaching, chairing the Sub-Committee on Special Populations. Dr. Peebles also served for a period of six years as a member of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, serving from 2010 to 2012 as the committee's co-chair.
In 2010, Dr. Peebles was the recipient of the Ray Williams Outstanding Leadership Award from the Texas Community College Instructional Administrators (TCCIA). Dr. Peebles is a past President of TCCIA. He also served as a co-chair of the LEAP Texas Task Force and continues to work with the national LEAP organization.
Dr. Peebles earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Texas at Dallas, his Master's degree in Political Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, and his Ph.D. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.