Serving the Community Through Education

Serving the Community Through Education


Bob ’58 & Jewell Hill

Bob Hill’s exemplary career in education and public service is a prime example of the difference just one Presbyterian College graduate can make in the world.

A 1958 alumnus of PC and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Hill went on to graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Command after 30 years of active and reserve service. He began his career as a teacher and coach in Sumter, S.C.

He served in a variety of administrative roles in South Carolina public education before joining the S.C. Department of Education as deputy superintendent of education. In 1991, after 11 years of service in the state department, Hill was selected by Georgia Gov. Zell Miller to serve as the state’s first executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Hill returned to his home state to form JandR Consulting Inc., a private company offering services in public administration. In 1998 and 1999, he served Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum as her transition director and chief of staff. Afterward, he returned to the private sector as chief operating officer of the Psaras Foundation, where he continued his consulting work until 2012.

A loyal Blue Hose, Hill is a past president of the PC Alumni Association, a former College trustee, and a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. In 1989, PC presented Hill with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Hill continues to actively serve his community, and in 2004, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Mark Sanford. In 2007, he received the Ethel M. Bolden Community Service Award from the Columbia Urban League.

He and his wife of 56 years, Jewell Hill, have two daughters, Laura Hill Twitty ‘87 and Dennie Lynn Hill Ringley ‘93, who both graduated from PC, and a son, Robert H. Hill Jr., who graduated from The Citadel.