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Net gain: Tina Hill first full-time AD

  Darren Miller  

There’s a new Hill on the Hilltop—Tina Hill —who was introduced as Cornell’s first full-time athletics director July 1.

“I’m honored," said Hill, who served as associate director of athletics at California Lutheran University since 1997. “At the same time it impresses upon me the significance athletics plays at this institution and I take this job very seriously.

Hill replaces Ellen Whale, who was interim athletics director for the 2001-02 academic year. Cornell’s athletics director previously has been a part-time position rotated among senior staff members. Whale, who also served as athletics director from 1989-97, will resume her other roles at Cornell , including professor of physical education.

“Athletics has always been an important part of life at Cornell, and always will be, said Cornell President Les Garner. “We’re really proud of the strides we’ve made since we joined the Iowa Conference. With 19 sports, our program is at the point where students, coaches, and the college community benefit from a full-time administrator. We’re ready. Athletics is a big part of life here and we want to do it well.

Hill will manage Cornell’s athletics program including the staff, sports programs, recruiting, facilities, and budgets, and ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines and requirements.

“I’ve been impressed by how helpful everyone at Cornell has been," Hill said. “We’ve shared our thoughts on where we would ike Cornell to go and now we need to chart our course. We’re working to develop a Division III model program."

Hill received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in recreation from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1982. She was captain of the volleyball squad that won the Wisconson Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1980, was a four-time all tournament selection and two-time all-conference first-team selection, and was named Outstanding Female Athlete her senior year. She received a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1991.

While at California Lutheran, Hill was the senior woman administrator of an NCAA Division III school that has 15 intercollegiate athletic programs. She is also chair of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Committee. Hill was associate athletics director and a physical education instructor at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) from 1993-97. She started at Elizabethtown in 1990 as an assistant athletics director intern.

“This is a dream come true," Hill said. "Being an athletics director is a position I have wanted to do for a ong time. This is an opportunity to do what I’ve always wanted to do and I look forward to meeting the challenges. I hope to develop a system of management that will last a long time."

The move to Cornell also brings Hill back to the Midwest. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wis. “This is coming home for me," Hill said.

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