Prior to coming to Oxford, Hicks was a professor and senior administrator at Colgate University. He served Colgate as provost and dean of the faculty, leading its four academic divisions and its university libraries, information technology, athletics, museums, international initiatives, and the office of equity and diversity. He was a principal architect of Living the Liberal Arts, Colgate’s strategic plan, and he led the implementation of its academic priorities, including innovations in technology, classroom teaching, and civic engagement as well as the launch of the Center for International Programs.
Hicks was formerly professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he taught from 1998 until 2012. As founding director of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, he built a staff team of a dozen members to promote community-based learning, civic partnerships, and applied research on public issues. He also stewarded a major gift for, and led the development and launch of, the University of Richmond Downtown initiative. He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.
Hicks received an A.B. magna cum laude with Honors in Economics from Davidson College, an M.Div.summa cum laude from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, where he studied with noted theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. A frequent commentator in the media, his scholarship focuses on leadership, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.
Dr. Hicks is author of four books: Money Enough (Jossey-Bass, 2010); With God on All Sides (Oxford University Press, 2009); Religion and the Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Inequality and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). In addition, he edited, with Thad Williamson, Leadership and Global Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and, with Mark Valeri, Global Neighbors (Eerdmans, 2008). Dr. Hicks is an editor, with J. Thomas Wren and Terry L. Price, of the three-volume International Library of Leadership (Edward Elgar, 2004).
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hicks has held visiting faculty positions at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and at the Harvard Divinity School. He is a former president of the Academy of Religious Leadership and former chair of the Religion and Social Sciences section of the American Academy of Religion.
He is married to Catherine L. Bagwell, who is professor of psychology at Colgate, and they have two children, Noah and Ada.