“What do you say to parents at a time like that?” he asked, still feeling emotions of the time.
His move from faculty member to administrator at Kent State had been approached with reluctance. Initially turning down the position of dean, Hoving agreed to take the role of “temporary acting dean” of the graduate college at Kent State.
“Temporary acting dean. You can’t get much less permanent than that,” he said wryly.
But, he found that as dean he could do things for the students that he couldn’t do from a faculty position, so eventually he accepted the mantel of dean.
He helped the graduate school at Kent State grow, enough to catch the attention of President Banowsky. One of the things that most appealed to him when he considered coming to Oklahoma was the money available to infuse into the school. “It was the oil boom, and there was money,” to help strengthen the graduate school he said.
In 1993, Hoving returned to his roots in psychology. As chair of the department he attacked a problem of the low employment rate of psych grads.
“The market for academic psychologists was not good,” he said.
But a relationship that developed with the College of Business Education has grown and flourished. Psychology graduates “marketability” was increased, he said, as they found applicable positions in the business world.
The waters of Puget Sound, near where he was born and raised, have drawn he and his wife, Adele, back each year to spend several weeks on their boat where they find rest and renewal. At one time they owned a 75-foot barge, and cruised European waterways.
He has many happy memories skippering the four-cabin barge built in 1908. The waterways often went right through the hearts of villages and they could pull up to a dock and explore the town and countryside.