Reggie Hill, a Florida native who has more than a decade of university admissions experience, has been named the new assistant vice president for advancement and director of enrollment management at University of the Ozarks.
Hill, who most recently served as assistant vice president of enrollment at Saint Leo University in Florida, began his new duties at Ozarks on Oct. 1. He will oversee the University’s admissions and financial aid departments.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Hill earned both his undergraduate degree and an MBA from Saint Leo University. He is also close to completing a master’s degree in history from University of South Florida.
Hill started working in university admissions right out of college and quickly realized he had found his calling.
“Higher education gave me the opportunity to rise out of my economically depressed community. It gave me the opportunity to define myself,” Hill said. “Therefore, it has been my mission to ensure that all students who desire to attend college have access and an opportunity to receive a college education.”
Hill said his philosophy in helping students enroll in college is “providing access and opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or socioeconomic status. It is important that we empower students at home—in Arkansas—then strategically position ourselves regionally and in key international markets.”
He said he has been impressed with U of O’s legacy as a trendsetter in higher education as well as what lies ahead.
“I saw the possibility that University of the Ozarks could rewrite the definition of colleges and universities and be a leader in reimaging the purpose of institutions of higher education in society,” he said.
Hill said he believes the three strongest draws for prospective students to Ozarks are location, racial and economic inclusion, and the strength and adaptability of a distinctive academic curriculum.
“My short and long term goals are to develop and execute a recruitment strategy that is sustainable, measurable, and one that is aligned with the University’s strategic plan,” he said.
Hill also served as director of undergraduate admissions at Saint Leo and as director of admissions and enrollment services at Florida Polytechnic University.