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Thomas J. Hill


1972 Olympic Bronze Medal - 110-meter high hurdles

PhD in Counselor Education

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Thomas Lionel Hill joined ROTC in the early 1970s at Arkansas State University. It was here while earning a bachelor of science degree in education that Hill's athletic excellence in high hurdles surfaced. At the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany, "High Hurdling Hill" brought home the Bronze medal for 110-meter high hurdles. Recognized as a distinguished military graduate that same year, he received a bachelor of science degree and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Hill was awarded the Arkansas Amateur Athlete of the Year, 1970-72. He served as assistant coach and Adjutant General Officer at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point from June 1972 to August 1976. While at West Point, LT Hill designed and supervised the academy's training program for track and field athletes.

While in the military, he earned a Master of Science degree in 1976 from C.W. Post-Long Island University. From January 1982 to June 1985, Hill served as Coordinator of University College and Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Psychology, Arkansas State University. In 1985, he received his doctorate from the University of Florida and a honorable discharge from the Army. Dr. Hill's awards and honors include Arkansas State University Distinguished Alumnus, 1989; Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, 1984; Arkansas State University Sports Hall of Honor, 1982. Since 1993, Dr. Hill has served as Dean for Student Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, University of Florida.