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James Hill tapped as associate vice president for development and campaign manager


James Hill has joined the Ohio University Development team in the pivotal role as associate vice president for development and campaign manager for Ohio University’s ambitious the Promise Lives Campaign.

The campaign aims to raise more than $450 million for initiatives such as student scholarships, faculty support and building renovation and construction. Hill has worked in higher education development and campaign strategy and implementation for more than 21 years.

Hill has held executive leadership roles in both advancement divisions and alumni associations where he has developed and executed both university-wide and regional major gift campaigns at large universities such as West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; and The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Some of his leadership and decision-making skills include developing campaign case statements and collateral materials; establishing systems and protocols for prospect research and management; managing leadership teams and committees; cultivating and soliciting major/leadership gifts; and campaign staff recruitment.  

Hill has also worked as a consultant for Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he established an annual giving telemarketing program and reorganized the staff for conducting the college’s first major gift campaign.

“Jim Hill has a strong reputation as a visionary leader and team builder in developing and implementing campaigns for institutions of higher education,” said Bryan Benchoff, vice president for university advancement and president and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation. “These skills, plus Jim’s breadth of experience and seasoned professionalism will play an essential role as we look toward realizing our goals for the Ohio University the Promise Lives Campaign.”

Hill attended West Virginia University where he earned a BA in psychology and social work.