Hal Urban holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in history, and a Doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. He has also done post-graduate study in the psychology of peak performance at Stanford University.
For thirty-six years he was an award-winning teacher at San Carlos and Woodside High Schools and at his alma mater, the University of San Francisco.
Hal is the author of six books – all with an emphasis on good character. His first book, Life’s Greatest Lessons, was selected by Writer’s Digest as the Inspirational Book of the Year. For more information about his writings click on the Books page.
Since 1992 Dr. Urban has traveled more than two million miles while speaking nationally and internationally on positive character traits and their relationship to the quality of life. He has made more than a thousand presentations in forty-three states, Washington DC, and eight foreign countries. Additional information about his talks can be found on the Speaking page.
In 2005 the Character Education Partnership in Washington DC presented Dr. Urban with its highest honor – the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2014 the University of San Francisco presented him with the Edward J. Griffin Education Alumni Award, also for lifetime achievement.
Hal has a genuine love of life that includes several passions, chief among them are the three F’s – faith, family, and friends. His other main interests and activities are physical fitness, reading, sports, travel, photography, and life-long learning.