Saint Mary’s names new executive director of inclusion and equity
Observer Staff Report | Friday, October 11, 2019
Saint Mary’s has named Redgina L. Hill the new executive director of inclusion and equity, according to a Friday press release. Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil announced that Hill, the former director of diversity and inclusion for Bethel University, will be the new director at Friday’s meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees.
According to the release, Hill will begin her role on Oct. 28.
“I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Redgina Hill into this role,” Nekvasil said in the release. “She brings an incredible amount of experience and enthusiasm to help carry forward our agenda of continual increase in access for students from all backgrounds. This is an important step at Saint Mary’s College as we seek to create a welcoming, diverse community where all have an opportunity to succeed. I don’t believe we could have found a better candidate.”
Hill said she looks forward to filling the newly-developed role at the College.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the inaugural role as the executive director of inclusion and equity,” Hill said. “Saint Mary’s College is a vibrant community, and I look forward to joining the leadership team as well as working collaboratively with others on campus who are working so diligently towards the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Hill became an admission counselor at Bethel University – formerly Bethel College – in February 2010, and rose to the role of associate director of admission recruitment in May 2015. She was promoted in Sept. 2015 to become the founding director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
While filling this office, Hill chaired the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
Outside of her roles at Bethel, Hill is the founder and CEO of Redgina Hill Consulting, which serves business and organizations in the South Bend area who aim to promote diversity and inclusion within their workplace culture.
She is a committee chair on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and the Indiana Association of Blacks in Higher Education (IABHE).
Hill is currently completing her doctor of philosophy in higher education at Azusa Pacific University with a dissertation “on the role of black chief diversity officers in higher education.” She received her master’s in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor of general studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.
According to the release, Hill will report directly to President Nekvasil and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.