John Dexter Marble Vice President for Academic Affairs

John Dexter Marble

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Room 215 | Troutt Hall


Dexter Marble came out of retirement in 2010 to join the USAO staff and became the Special Assistant to the President before assuming the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Marble's experience with USAO dates back to 1972 when he joined the faculty in the department of history.  He taught at the university for 25 years, serving as a Professor of History, Assistant Basketball Coach, Chair of the Department of Social Science, Faculty Coordinator of the Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, Chair of the Core Education Revision Committee and the Chair of the USAO Self-Study Steering Committee.  He originated the USAO Europe Tour, served as a commencement speaker, sponsored the USAO Model United Nations and earned the USAO Superior Teaching Award twice.  Throughout his teaching tenure at USAO, Dr. Marble taught in the interdisciplinary liberal arts core program required of all students.

He was a board member of the USAO Foundation from 1997 through 2004 and served as Chair of the Foundation in 2002-2003.

After he left USAO in 1997, Dr. Marble spent a decade as an attorney.  His practice concentrated on insurance defense and litigation.  He also represented death row inmates in Federal habeas corpus proceedings.  He retired from the practice of law in 2007.

He was a member of the American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association from 1988-2008.  He is currently a board member of Chamber Music of Oklahoma.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.  His outside interests include golf and the piano.


The Academic Affairs office is responsible for the academic programs, budgetary matters relating to the academic programs, academic policies and procedures, and personnel matters relating to the faculty.  Academic programs are organized and administered through academic divisions, each headed by a Division Chair.  Division Chairs are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with members of the division and the President of the University.


  • J.D, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1988
  • Ph.D, European History, Texas Christian University, 1974
  • MA, European History, Texas Christian University, 1971
  • BA, History, Stanford University, 1966

Favorite Quotes

Core texts and core ideas inform our humanity. What does it mean to be human? It is a never-ending quest that threatens to vanish in the present climate of sound bites and slogans that produce only the shallowest of perspectives. We have a mission to transmit the best that has been wondered, and to elicit serious and thoughtful responses from our students. Let us proceed with passion.
-John Dexter Marble

Knowledge is in facts; wisdom is in metaphor. The best of education encourages abstractions from facts to create new insights and understandings. This is the essence of the creative process and the foundation of wisdom.
-John Dexter Marble