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ABAC Freshman Convocation to Feature Louise Hill on August 15

August 1, 2017

Buzzing with nervous anticipation, hundreds of freshmen will enter Gressette Gymnasium on Aug. 15 for the 13th annual Freshman Convocation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The 11 a.m. ceremony serves as the opening of the academic year as the students embark on a path to gain a college diploma.

Dr. Jerry Baker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the convocation is a formal induction ceremony of the freshman class each fall semester into the academic community of ABAC.  Fall semester classes begin on Aug. 16.

Louise Hill, recipient of the prestigious George P. Donaldson Award at the ABAC commencement ceremony in 1977, is this year’s convocation speaker.  While an ABAC student, Hill was the editor of the campus yearbook, TABAC, and was involved in the Student Government Association.   Long after her student days were over, Hill continued to support ABAC by serving as president of the ABAC Alumni Association.

Hill is the senior public service associate for the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia (UGA).  She has guided community leadership development programs, including those in program design, curriculum development, and teaching adult leadership education. She also provides executive level coaching for individuals. Prior to joining the Fanning Institute faculty, Hill served as director of development and alumni relations for UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

From 2003-2009, Hill led the Georgia Rural Development Council’s Community Leadership Initiative — administering challenge grants to develop local leadership and delivering community-based adult leadership programs in nearly all of Georgia’s 159 counties. More than 8,000 Georgians have taken part in multi-day leadership retreats or training sessions led by Hill on topics such as leading community change, group decision-making, collaboration, and effective communication.

In addition to her work in communities, Hill has designed and facilitated leadership development programs for a number of professional groups including the Georgia Educational Policy Fellows program, UGA’s Public Service and Outreach Leadership Academy, the Georgia Hispanic Chamber Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute, and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). She currently serves on the GVRA State Board.

Hill also gained significant experience working in rural Georgia through the variety of leadership roles she filled while employed by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation from 1979 to 1996.  Included in her work at Farm Bureau was volunteer leader training, program development, organizational management, and strategic planning.
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