James W. Hill obituary

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Dr. James W. Hill, a former administrator in Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, died April 9. He was 83.

Hill, professor emeritus of management, joined the WMU staff in 1970 and retired in 1990 after nearly 20 years of service to the University.

He served as chair of the Department of Management from 1983 to 1988. The Dr. James W. Hill Leadership Award named in his honor is presented annually to a WMU student who exemplifies ethics and leadership within the Bachelor of Business Administration program.

Hill was active on numerous councils and committees at the departmental, college and University levels and was a member of several professional and honorary organizations.

He previously taught in Wayne State University's Division of Adult Education and at Southern Illinois University. He gained administrative experience through positions as assistant manager of the production department at the National Bank of Detroit, director of the University Placement Office at Wayne State, and research associate in the Psychology and Employment Research Department at the Detroit Edison Co.

Hill earned a bachelor's degree in psychology summa cum laude from the Detroit Institute of Technology, and a master's and doctoral degree in industrial psychology from Wayne State University.