The Manasseh Cutler Scholars Staff

Dr. Butch Hill
Dr. Herman W. Hill, Jr.

Dr. Hill has been part of the Cutler Scholars program at Ohio University since its founding 15 years ago. He has served as the program’s director for four years.

He has held a variety of positions in higher education, beginning with a 1972 Peace-Corps placement with the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.

In addition, he has served as a professor, ombudsman, and faculty senate chair, but none of these has given him half the satisfaction of his current job. In this program he gets to know the far-sighted philanthropists who made the program a reality—and the amazing students who are the living legacy of the program.


Kristine Hoke
Kristine Hoke
Associate Director

Kristine Hoke earned her Master's degree in Counselor Education - Student Affairs from Clemson University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ohio University.

As the associate director of the Cutler Scholars Program, Kristine mentors and advises the scholars, is responsible for outreach and communication initiatives, and manages the endowments, restricted accounts, and the general operating budget.

Kristine is actively involved both on and off campus as a University College instructor and advisor, and as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County.

Sharon Romina
Sharon Romina
Administrative Assistant

Sharon Romina earned a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College with a Management major and Entrepreneurship minor.

Sharon recently joined the Cutler’s Scholar program and provides administrative support to all aspects of the program. She handles the program’s day to day operation of the annual scholarship award process with contact to high school administration, nominees and parents. The event planning for alumni, board members, benefactors, and scholars is also coordinated by Sharon. She monitors and records activities, accomplishments, scholastics, and travels of the scholars.

Sharon has been a part of Ohio University for over ten years and held previous positions within the Women Center, the Patton College of Education and the Scripps College of Communication.

She is a current member of the Classified Senate, and has been appointed as a representative to the Kennedy Lecture Series and Outstanding Administrator committees. Sharon enjoys spending time traveling with her two daughters, trying new cooking ideas, and reading in her free time.

Dr. Charles Ping
Dr. Charles J. Ping
, Director Emeritus

Charles J. Ping earned his doctoral degree from Duke University and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.

As president of Ohio University for two decades (1975-1994), Dr. Ping sought to instill within the faculty, staff, and students a strong sense of community and consistently strove to attain the highest level of excellence in all that the University did.

Dr. Ping served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Council on International Educational Exchange for 12 years. He was also is a member of the Board of Directors of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies in Hong Kong. He has been a member of a number of other advisory councils, commissions, and boards, including the Executive Committee and the International Division (chair) of NASULGC.