Bachelor of Science in Education, Auburn University, Alabama, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Auburn University, 1983. Master of Arts in History, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1972.
Teacher Eufaula High School, 1968—1969, Theodore High School, Mobile County, 1969—1972. Civil archivist Alabama Department Archives & History, Montgomery, 1975—1976. Supervisor archivist Jimmy Carter Library. and Museum, Atlanta, 1981—1991.
Director George Bush Presidential Library. and Museum, College Station, Texas, 1993—2000, William J. Clinton Presidential Library. & Museum, Little Rock, 2000—2007, Museum of Mobile, Alabama, since 2007. Adjunct professor Dekalb Community College, Clarkston, Georgia, 1984—1991.
Advisory board member Alabama Center for the Book, Auburn, since 2001.
Member of Alabama History Association, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Ellen Meredith Lester, May 22, 1976. Children: Adam, Meredith A. Hobin.