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Hill, Carl McClellan

(born: July 27, 1907  -  died: April 4, 1995) 

Carl M. Hill was president of Kentucky State College, 1962-1975. He added four undergraduate departments, a graduate school, and a special Black Collection to the library. Under his leadership, the school became Kentucky State University. Hill had one of the longest tenures as president of Kentucky State University. The Carl M. Hill Student Center is named in his honor. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Hill was a chemist, and had served as a chemistry professor at North Carolina A&T University. During his lifetime, he published 52 research papers, co-authored text books, and was a chief investigator on chemical research studies. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute of Chemists, to name a few. Carl M. Hill was from Norfolk, VA, the son of Sarah Roe and William Franklin Hill [source: Virginia Select Marriages]. He married Mary E. Elliot Hill in 1927, and she was a chemistry professor at Kentucky State University during her husband's tenure as president. Carl M. Hill was married to his second wife, Helen Collins Hill, when he passed away in 1995. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. DunniganOffice of the President Records, a Kentucky Digital Library webpage]; and the obituary of Dr. Carl M. Hill at the Peninsula Genealogy website.

Additional information about Dr. Carl M. Hill's background as a chemist was suggested by Dr. Allison Soult at the University of Kentucky.

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NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

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