Oakland, CA—July 1, 2016
Elizabeth L. Hillman officially assumed her duties at Mills College today, becoming the 14th president of the 164-year-old women’s college.
Formerly the provost and academic dean and professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Hillman brings substantial expertise in faculty development, governance, curricular reform, strategic planning, enrollment management, and budgeting to the office of Mills College President. She has earned university degrees spanning the arts and sciences, engineering, and law.
“President Hillman’s commitment to women, gender, and social justice is reflected in her scholarly work and public service,” said Katie Sanborn chair of the Mills College Board of Trustees. “She comes to Mills well-prepared to address administrative challenges, to inspire the broader Mills community, and to advance Mills’ reputation as a leader among independent liberal arts colleges, and women’s colleges specifically, with nationally renowned academic programs.
Since her appointment in March, Hillman has dedicated the past several months to working with the Mills College Board of Trustees and the senior administration of the College in preparation for the transition.
“The world needs a place like Mills, where individuals can bring their entire selves to learn, work, live and play,” said the new president. “We’re a campus and a cause, committed to both our local community and global visions of change. Mills’ legacy of empowering women, of embracing difference, and promoting creative agency, is more relevant than ever.”
The inauguration of Elizabeth L. Hillman is scheduled for September 23.
About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 380 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit www.mills.edu.