James L. Hill, Vice President for Community and School Relations,
reports directly to the President. He serves as an executive officer
of The University and participates in executive-level management
functions with the President and other executive officers. He provides
leadership, supervision, and coordination for the general management
of the following offices and programs: Hogg Foundation for Mental
Health, University Interscholastic League, Neighborhood Longhorns,
Community and School Relations, University Outreach Programs, and
Pre-college Youth Development.
is responsible for facilitating the University relationships with
schools, school systems, and state agencies, especially with regards
to non-curricular youth development. He also oversees the promotion
of community relationships with various constituents and neighbors
of the University, provides leadership in promoting a diverse student
body, fosters and promotes appropriate relationships with minorities
and neighboring communities, and assumes other duties upon assignment
or request by the President.
Hill joined the administration at The University of Texas at Austin
in 1993 as the Associate Vice President for Administration and Public
Affairs after serving five years as the Southwest Regional Director
for the Educational Testing Services (ETS). While at ETS he was
directly responsible for providing leadership in testing, measurement,
evaluation, and research to public school and higher education personnel
in a five state area: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and
served as a top-level administrator with the Texas State Department
of Education (Texas Education Agency) from 1974-1989. For eight
years he was a Deputy Commissioner and reported directly to the
State Commissioner of Education and was directly responsible for
providing directions for the 1,100 local school districts in the
state. He served in the commissioner's top-level management council
and provided assistance in the management of all state public school
has participated in numerous community and university activities
and has served as an advocate for the university administration.
This participation on the Task Force for Austin Major Employees
(T-Fame), Martin Luther King Statue, Barbara Jordan Historically
Essay Competition and the Affirmative Action Working Committees,
and the Austin Entrepreneurial Project and UT Faculty and Deans'
Council has been rewarding for both the community and the university.
Hill has received many awards, certificates and special recognition
throughout his career. A few of these distinguished and deserving
honors are: the Austin Area Urban League/Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award,
Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Founding Member, Ex-Students'
Association Legacy Award and Commendation for the long and valuable
service as a member of the State Agency Coordinating Committee.
He received his bachelor's degree in education from Huston-Tillotson
College, and master's degree in educational psychology and Ph.D.
in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.