One of the region’s most influential women, S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D., has been president of St. Joseph’s College since 1997.
A magna cum laude alumna of St. Joseph’s, S. Elizabeth is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. She received an M.A. in History from Columbia University and studied theology and scripture in Rome under the auspices of Gregorian University. S. Elizabeth also received a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a Thomas More Scholarship student and president of the Criminal Law Institute. After receiving her J.D., S. Elizabeth spent time as a staff attorney in the Catholic Migration Office in Brooklyn. Prior to being named president, S. Elizabeth served as executive assistant to St. Joseph’s previous president, S. George Aquin O’Connor from 1980 to 1997.
Since her inauguration, S. Elizabeth has overseen the expansion of two campuses, most notably the construction of a state-of-the-art Business Technology Center and 24.8-acre premiere outdoor sports facility on the Long Island Campus, as well as the launch of a comprehensive, capital master plan for the Brooklyn Campus that included a 44,000-square-foot athletic complex. Under her leadership, the College’s enrollment and range of academic offerings have continuously increased while tuition has remained consistently among the lowest in the New York metropolitan area.
During her tenure as president, S. Elizabeth secured several large grants from the federal government, including the largest in the College’s history. She was also responsible for securing successful major and estate gifts, including a bequest of $4 million to endow scholarships for students in need.
S. Elizabeth has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her leadership and lifelong dedication to the field of education. Among some of her many accomplishments, she was named a Woman Sustaining the American Spirit by New York State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and a Woman of Distinction by the late New York State Sen. Caesar Trunzo. She is a three-time recipient of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women award for her consistent record as one of the region’s most important and influential women, making her a Hall of Fame Honoree, and was also named to that publication’s Who’s Who in Education list. S. Elizabeth was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from St. Francis College for her numerous charitable works and contributions as a leader in higher education and in the Brooklyn and Long Island communities. Most recently, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Higher Education by The Advancement for Commerce, Industry and Technology.
S. Elizabeth is on the steering committee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and sits on the board of ERASE Racism. She is on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership (SNAP). She is also a member of the board of trustees of The Mary Louis Academy and the board of advisors for Saint Saviour High School.