Dobbins earned a Ph.D. in vocational-technical education from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in dairy science and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Clemson and an associate’s degree in agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
He currently serves as professor and coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare Clemson students to teach agriculture in high schools across the state, as well as chairman of the agriculture division in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences, where he leads strategic planning for the agricultural courses taught at Clemson. He continues to teach courses in curriculum development and teaching methods.
His Extension career includes positions as a county agent, area agent and Extension associate, with a focus on building teams of scientists, economists and Extension agents to develop a comprehensive management plan for dairy farmers. He served as president of the Extension Senate from 1993 to 1994 during a period of budget cuts and staffing reductions.
He currently serves as chairman of the Anderson County District 4 School board of trustees, where he led development of a student-centered budget that earned support of all the stakeholders.
He is editor of the Journal of Career and Technical Education and is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education; the National Association of Agricultural Education; and four honor societies for education professionals: Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Tau Alpha and Omicron Tau Theta.
Today Clemson Extension agents work with university research and regulatory personnel to enhance the economic impact of agribusiness, South Carolina’s largest industry, which generates $34 billion and 200,000 jobs for the state.