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Education Opportunity Center names academic specialist

March 18, 2002

An Austin Peay State University alumnus has been named counselor/academic specialist in the Educational Opportunity Center, a grant-funded program designed to assist low-income and first-generation students with choosing and getting into a college.

Roy Hill received a bachelor of science degree in public management from APSU in 1994 and a master's degree in human services from Murray State University in 1996.

As counselor/academic specialist, Hill is responsible for providing educational, career and financial aid counseling. He also helps students complete financial aid applications and provides educational information and counseling through area community centers.

"I want to assist students and provide them with the necessary information to complete their vocational or career goals. My responsibility is to monitor their progress and see them complete the program in which they enroll," said Hill.

Before retiring in April 1992, Hill spent more than 23 years in the U.S. Army, where he worked in field artillery, as an Army career counselor and in personnel.

From January to September 1996, he was employed as a recruiter for APSU's Veterans Upward Bound. He worked as a counselor for Hopkinsville Community College's Veterans Upward Bound from September 1996 to July 1998. He also has experience as a transition counselor for soldiers and their families through the Army's Career and Alumni Program (ACAP).

Most recently, he was employed by the State of Tennessee as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the visually impaired from May 2001 to January 2002.

Originally from Roswell, N.M., Hill and his wife, Marion, reside in Clarksville with their two children, Talon, 20, and Raven, 16.

The Education Opportunity Center is located in Ellington.