Michael Hill

Michael Hill was named to the HEQCO board in June 2011 for a three-year term. He is the first president emeritus of Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology and a 30-year veteran of the Canadian community college system He served as president of Northern College in north eastern Ontario from 1999 to 2009. Previously, he was president of Northwest Community College in British Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Victoria and his master’s in psychology from the University of Manitoba. He is working toward his doctorate in education from Uppsala University, Sweden, where he specializes in structuring and organizing educational offerings in remote and developing regions. In a career dedicated to postsecondary education, Hill was involved in the successful lobby to start a new university in northern British Columbia. In 1991, he was seconded to work with the new University of Northern British Columbia to develop a working model for the regional character of the university. He was a participant in an international group working in service to the Omega University Project in Sweden from 1992 to 1995. In 1995, he was seconded by the Government of British Columbia to serve as the interim inaugural president and CEO of Royal Roads University. He also served as an advisor to the University of the Highlands and Island Projects in Inverness, Scotland while on sabbatical in 1997/98. In 2001, he was named to the Rural and Remote Colleges Task Force of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges -- responsible for improving access to postsecondary education and training in rural and remote Canada to ensure on-going social and economic development.

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