Dr. Paul L. Hill was named Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in 2012. As Chancellor, he oversees budgets, financial aid programs, facilities, legal affairs and policy coordination for the ten universities and colleges in the West Virginia public higher education system.
He previously served as the system’s Interim Chancellor and as Vice Chancellor for Science and Research 2007-12. He was Executive Director of the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR), a National Science Foundation (NSF) program, and helped design and manage a number of research initiatives with academic institutions, including: the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, known as “Bucks for Brains,” the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, and the West Virginia Eminent Scholars Initiative. He formerly held a research position at West Virginia University and served as a faculty member at the University of Charleston. Before returning to West Virginia in 2001, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, twice appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Dr. Hill has more than 30 years of experience in academic administration, grantsmanship and public policy development and has held CEO positions in state, federal, and private organizations. He has appeared before Congress on numerous occasions and provided congressional testimony on science, research, and education policy. He has been a U.S. Delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Europe, member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). Recently, Dr. Hill became a member of State Higher Education Executive Officers’ (SHEEO) Federal Relations Committee and was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to both the Southern Region Education Board (SREB) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
A native West Virginian, Dr. Hill holds degrees from Marshall University (B.S. and M.S.) and the University of Louisville (Ph.D.) in biology and chemistry. He studied at the University of Louisville’s Systems Science Institute.