NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. George C. Hill, Ph.D.

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Past Vice Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

In his last four decades in academia, George C. Hill, Ph.D. devoted his career to encouraging diversity, inclusion and equity in the biomedical workforce and beyond. For these efforts he received the Herbert Nickens Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges in November 2017 which is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions nationally to promoting justice in medical care. His career efforts made a demonstrable different at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College from where he was recruited to serve as Vanderbilt’s first associate dean for diversity in medical education from 2002 until 2011 and the first Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the first Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt University from 2015 – 2017.

George C. Hill, Ph.D. is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University. He was the first Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Vanderbilt University (2015– 2017) where he was charged by the Chancellor with articulating the vision and working withal institutional constituents to provide leadership in cultivating an inclusive, diverse and equitable academic community. In 2016, he received the Caldwell Award from the Vanderbilt Student Government for these efforts.
“George Hill is a giant in two fields, molecular biology and fostering diversity. He has a deep understanding both of the opportunities that we have as a top research and teaching university and the challenges we must overcome until every single member of our community is fully and equally included,” says Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos.

Dr. Hill is also the past Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Professor in Medical Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. From 2002-2011, he served as Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education of Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Dr. Hill was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 for distinguished contributions to tropical diseases research, leadership as President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (2007-2009) and for fostering a diverse research and healthcare workforce. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nairobi, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Before joining Vanderbilt, he was professor of microbiology at Meharry Medical College and served as Vice President for Sponsored Research at Meharry Medical College and as Dean of the Graduate School. He obtained his B.S. from Rutgers University, M.S. from Howard University, and Ph.D. from NYU.

Dr. Hill has trained numerous Ph.D. students, M.S. students and post-doctoral fellows. In 1999, he was recognized as a “Giant in Science” by the Quality Education for Minorities Network for his commitment to motivating minority students to pursue the sciences. In June, 2016, Dr. Hill was recognized by Cooper Medical School of Rowan University with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the first graduation class of the institution.

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