Fitz Hill Named President of Arkansas Baptist College

by Arkansas Business staff  on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006 11:57 am  

Arkansas Baptist College of Little Rock on Friday named former University of Arkansas at Fayetteville assistant football coach Dr. Fitz Hill as its new president.

Hill takes over as president of the college, the only Baptist historically black college or university west of the Mississippi River, on Feb. 1.

Hill, 41, most recently worked as executive director of the Ouachita Opportunity Fund at Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia. He also is the co-founder and co-general manager of Life Champs Sports, a youth sports program headquartered in Little Rock.

Hill is the former head football coach of the San Jose State Spartans in San Jose, Calif., and was assistant head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks under Houston Nutt from 1998-2000.

"My immediate goals will include intense efforts to re-establish relationships and connect with alumni, church groups and other supporters, and improvements in our academic programs," Hill said in a news release. "I plan to focus on recruiting, scholarship programs, and partnerships with other groups and organizations in higher education. In addition, we will launch an immediate capital campaign for the renovation of the 'Old Main' building."

Hill is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. He received a master's degree in student personnel services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas in 1997. He also served in the military during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and received the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal.

Arkansas Baptist College was founded in 1884 and offers two-year associate degree programs and a four-year liberal arts education with degrees in criminal justice, business administration, human services and religious studies. The college is affiliated with the Consolidated Missionary Baptist Convention of Arkansas and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.



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