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San Antonio businessman, past head of U.S. Southern Command, to join University leadership group 

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio businessman and former military commander, retired Gen. James T. “Tom” Hill ’68, has been elected to the Trinity University Board of Trustees. 

Hill, president of JT Hill Group Inc., provides guidance on strategic leadership and planning, international political issues, and security issues. Hill’s knowledge of these subjects stems from a distinguished background that began with his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as the commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division from 1997-1999 and he was also commanding general for the I Corps until 2002. 

His final active duty assignment was as combatant commander for the U.S. Southern Command until 2004. He reported directly to President George W. Bush and the secretary of defense as leader of all U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. 

Hill’s military history and business experience demonstrate his broad range of leadership and management expertise. Because of his interpersonal skills, Hill has succeeded in increasing funding for certain military projects and establishing community partnerships that improve military-civilian relations. He has also had to oversee and execute strategic goals, policies, and sizeable budgets. Hill’s experience extends to current and past positions as a board director for a biotech company, a not-for-profit company, and an international science and technology development company. 

In 2003, he was named Trinity University’s Distinguished Alumnus. 

Hill is a 1968 Trinity University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He received a master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University in 1980 and graduated from the National War College, which is part of the National Defense University, in 1988. During his time at the National War College, Hill’s education focused on national security studies.