A native of Dallas, Dr. Dabbs grew up in Wisconsin, graduating from Cudahy High School in 1981 and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1986. He earned his master’s degree in economics from the University of North Texas in 1989, and his Ph.D.—also in economics—from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1996. Dr. Dabbs was on the faculty of Louisiana State University at Alexandria from 1996 to 2001, where he also served as the chair for the Division of Business Administration from 1997 onward. He joined LCU in 2001 as Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Business Administration, rising to the rank of full professor in 2009, and taking on the role of chair for Academic Affairs for the LCU School of Business upon its creation in 2015. He is married with one teenage son and two troublesome dogs.