Thomas Hill recently retired from his position as Iowa State University’s senior vice president for student affairs after leading the division for nearly 20 years, overseeing significant enrollment increases while continuing to build the important personal relationships that have helped the university maintain its student-focused and accessible feel amid unprecedented growth.
At the helm of the student affairs division, Hill oversaw all aspects of the student experience – from student health and counseling to student organizations and mediating conflict, and he was well known and widely engaged in the student community throughout his tenure. His legacy will long remain with ISU students and alumni, as evidenced by his 2016 nomination to receive the ISU Alumni Association’s Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award and the renaming of ISU’s annual race and ethnicity conference in his honor.
Hill has served as a member of the Memorial Union board of directors, Kappa Alpha Psi, the Special Olympics Iowa board of directors, and ISU’s strategic planning steering committee. He chaired the university’s 2012 United Way campaign and continues today as president of the board of directors for the Iowa African American Hall of Fame and vice president of the Ames branch of the NAACP.
Hill was the 2014 recipient of the I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa Heritage Legacy Award.
A New Orleans native and 1972 Olympic bronze medalist who has been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Hill has research experience in the areas of student-athlete development and minority identity development. Today, he continues his service to Iowa State University as a senior policy adviser to ISU President Steven Leath on student experience issues and as Iowa State’s representative on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.
He is an ISU Alumni Association annual member.
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