Ebben Sample graduated from Heidelberg College with a bachelor's degree in political science and in history. After graduation, he taught high school economics and also taught English at an international school in Kyoto, Japan. He and his wife were married in Bali, Indonesia. Before joining JWU, Ebben worked in college admissions for an aeronautical college for more than three years. Ebben enjoys traveling and has visited five continents. He spends his free time with his family, including daughter Aubin, and enjoys following Ohio State University athletics.