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Former Wiregrass educator named president of Selma University

Eddie Hill in front of the Daleville Board of Education office
Eddie Hill in front of the Daleville Board of Education office(Nick Brooks)
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 8:54 PM CDT
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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WTVY) --

Eddie Hill has spent nearly 40 years as an educator, holding various positions and roles.

Most of the time was spent in the Wiregrass.

“When I finished college, I started my coaching career in Samson, Alabama,” said Eddie Hill. “I was coaching, that was when integration was just really starting back in 1970.”

He then spent time at Kinston and Opp before returning to school for more education.

That put him in position for his next role.

"I was hired here at Daleville as the principal of the middle school to set in the middle school concept, so I spent two years here," Hill added.

Hill then received an opportunity he could not refuse.

“I went to the state department under Jimmy Baker and we formed a team together and we were sent to Wilcox County where we took over and I took over as superintendent working with a team.”

After 18 months and 22 days, he decided the job was not for him and returned to the school he held dearly in his heart.

"I accepted the job as principal of Daleville High School in 1998 and spent two years as principal."

He was not done at Daleville quite yet.

"I applied for the superintendent job and I won the superintendent job and we stayed here for five years."

Hill became the first minority superintendent of a predominantly white school.

"I had a great board that respected me. I taught their kids when I was a principal here and they gave me the opportunity. I didn't even know it until someone told me years later."

He left Daleville in 2005 to return to the state board of education as a consultant for the next five years.

During that time, Hill received some discouraging news.

"12 years ago, I had a bout with cancer, and I had to go into surgery in Birmingham and the good Lord had been good to me and I decided I was going to be something."

Hill has been retired for more than 4 years, but he received a call from Minister Darryl Caldwell, a Board Trustee at Selma University asking him to apply to be the school's next president.

“Selma was declining in the financial aspect trying to get it right,” Hill explained. “They had lost what you call title IV money and he asked if I’d talk with him and would I be interested, and I said well I’m retired.”

Needless to say, Hill’s calling is to serve and is now Selma University’s president.

"I took this job more or less to help them from my heart."

Another first for Hill as he is the first president at Selma University who is not also a minister.

He has been Selma University’s president for the past month and the school and community are already seeing improvements.

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