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James Hill appointed UT Austin vice president

Dr. James Hill, who has dedicated his career to personnelmatters and efforts in university community affairs, has been appointedvice president for human resources and community relations at The Universityof Texas at Austin. The appointment, which is effective June 1, wasannounced Friday (April 17) by President Larry R. Faulkner.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. James Hill, who has dedicated his career to personnelmatters and efforts in university community affairs, has been appointedvice president for human resources and community relations at The Universityof Texas at Austin. The appointment, which is effective June 1, wasannounced Friday (April 17) by President Larry R. Faulkner.

Hill currently is associate vice president for administration and publicaffairs, serving under Vice President Ed Sharpe, who is leaving the Universityto become vice chancellor for academic affairs for the UT System.

“Dr. James Hill is very widely respected on the campus and in the largerAustin community for his good will, his skill with people, and his commitmentto strong, positive ties between the University and its neighbors,” saidFaulkner. “I congratulate him on this promotion and look forwardvery much to working with him in the period ahead.”

Faulkner began his tenure as UT Austin president on Monday (April 13).

In his new post as vice president, Hill will continue to oversee notonly the Office of Human Resources, but also the University’s outreachcenters and Neighborhood Longhorns Program. He is directly responsible,too, for the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action office andthe Employee Assistance Program.

“I am very excited and thrilled concerning my recent promotion,” Hillsaid. “Although I have been an executive officer for the past fiveyears, this will provide an additional opportunity to work at the seniordecision-making level at the University. Yes, I am looking forwardto working with this administration team under the leadership of our newpresident, Dr. Faulkner.”

In addition to his lengthy experience in personnel concerns and communityrelations, Hill has had a substantial role at the University in the areaof recruitment and retention of minority students, staff and faculty.He also is heavily involved in alumni relations and serves on the UT BlackAlumni Advisory Committee and the UT Ex-Students’ Executive Council.

A former director of the Southwest Field Office of the Educational TestingService and a past deputy commissioner at the Texas Education Agency, Hillcame to the University in 1993. At the Texas Education Agency,Hill served as deputy commissioner for internal management and as deputycommissioner for agency administration, reporting directly to the statecommissioner of education.

He was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Huston-Tillotsonin 1953, and received his master’s degree in educational psychology fromUT Austin in 1962 and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the Universityin 1978.