Anita Hill Named to SVC Board of Trustees

November 14, 2009

The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College appointed Professor Anita Hill as a new Board Member at its recent meeting. Hill is a faculty member at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She has taught law and social policy for 25 years and lectures regularly in the U.S. and abroad and serves on a wide range of Boards.  

"We are honored that Professor Hill has accepted our invitation to join the Southern Vermont College Board of Trustees,” stated Board Chair, Wallace Altes. “She is a scholar of the first rank; an eloquent advocate for those who too often do not have an advocate; and a role model for all young people.”  

SVC President Karen Gross, who worked with Hill when they were both law professors, added, “Professor Hill brings a wealth of talent, experience and wisdom to SVC. She understands the needs of vulnerable and first-generation students and brings extraordinary sensitivity to conversations on contemporary social issues. She also has a strong interest in healthcare and healthcare delivery systems and can help shape the future of SVC’s many healthcare initiatives. I look forward to working with her again.” 

This past April, Hill was the featured lecturer for the annual Four College Issues Forum, held at the Bennington Center for the Arts and sponsored by Bennington College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Southern Vermont College and Williams College. 

A teacher, speaker, researcher and writer, Hill has earned international prominence as an authority on race and gender issues, particularly in the workplace. She began her teaching career as an assistant professor at Oral Roberts University and later joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. 

Professor Hill was thrust into the public spotlight in 1991when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. The legacy of her testimony includes an increased awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace today. In 1997, Hill published Speaking Truth to Power, a personal memoir and study of her involvement in the Thomas hearings. 

She is the author of numerous articles on international commercial law, bankruptcy and civil rights – all areas in which she has taught. She has also written commentary for Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Ms. Magazine and appears frequently on programs including Good Morning America, Meet the Press, The Today Show and Larry King Live. 

Hill received her law degree from Yale University and a degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University. In 1980, she began her law career as an associate with the Washington, D.C., firm of Wald Harkrader & Ross. A year later, she became special counsel to the assistant secretary of the Department of Education’s office for Civil Rights. She also served as adviser to the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.