The Honorable J. Calvin Hill, Jr. began a new role as an active member of Reinhardt College’s Board of Trustees on July 1, 2008. He was nominated and approved as a full board member by the Trustees in January 2008 and by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in mid-June.
“As a member of the Higher Education Committee of the Georgia House, I visited dozens of Colleges and Universities throughout the state and realized that we do indeed have a real jewel in Reinhardt,” said Hill. “When given the opportunity to join the board, I reflected on all of these thoughts and realized that I wanted to do what I could to assist in taking Reinhardt to the next level. I have been so impressed in the manner that the College fills the personal, spiritual and educational needs for so many young people. I am very honored and humbled in being asked and will work with others on the Board to continue on our path toward excellence in education – as well as developing the whole person of our students.”
“I am delighted that Calvin is willing to serve on the Board, and we look forward to his participation,” said William “Billy” G. Hasty, Jr. ’67, Board chairman. “With his background and talent, we should certainly be able to ensure that the College continues to develop as a quality four-year institution.”
Hill is well-prepared for his new role at Reinhardt. He has raised A DAY funds for the College for many years and was a long-time member of the College’s Board of Advisors. For the past two years, he chaired the Board of Advisors and represented its viewpoints as an ex-officio trustee.
Hill’s involvement in and knowledge of the local community, the region, and the state will serve the College well. He has served as a Georgia House Representative for District 21 since 2002, where he is chairman of special rules and vice chairman of banks and banking.
Hill owns Gila Distributing, Inc.—a thin plastics wholesale distribution company—and although now retired, he actively serves as the company’s chairman of the board. He was also a founding director of Cherokee Bank and served on the Safe America Foundation board. Hill has been involved in many civic activities and social clubs including: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Canton Rotary Club, Cherokee Arts Council, Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, American Legion, March of Dimes and United Way.
He attended Arizona State University and the University of Arizona and majored in business, and while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp, he earned special training in engineering and demolition. He also earned rank as major in the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol.
Hill was born in California, but he has been a resident of Cherokee County for 21 years. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Woodstock and attend Canton First United Methodist Church. They have five sons and one daughter.
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