Please join us in congratulating CDR Rodney A. Hill on his promotion to Interim Dean of the Academy for Valley Forge, effective August 1, 2007. In his capacity he will oversee the Middle School, Upper School and Day School for the Academy.
CDR Rodney A. Hill, USN (Ret.), a native of Bronx, New York, currently serves as a College Admission Officer, official spokesperson, and Counsel to the Office of the President at Valley Forge Military Academy & College. CDR Hill brings with him a wealth of educational and managerial experience.
He served as a military educator for eight of his 23 years of active service, teaching at both Navy Surface Warfare Officer School and the Defense Information School (DINFOS). He is a Master Training Specialist, and developed A.C.E. accredited curricula at DINFOS. He served as the DINFOS Director of Training for Public Affairs and Journalism, where he led a staff of 40 instructors teaching 15 courses that graduated 1,500 students annually. He developed the public affairs course for "media boot camp," the training used to prepare 400 reporters for combat operations in the Iraq war. He has delivered more than thirty strategic public affairs seminars at military commands, the Army War College and in 2002 to government leaders in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He is also a private communication consultant.
"CDR Hill is an, energetic, personable, and widely-experienced educator," said Dr. Kathleen Anderson, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "He brings an outstanding combination of successful teaching, management, decision making, and effective communication to Valley Forge Military Academy."
CDR Hill earned his BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and his MA in Public Communication from American University. He is a graduate of Navy Nuclear Power School, Surface Warfare Officer School and the Defense Information School. As a Surface Warfare Officer he was distinguished as "Junior Officer of the Year" in 1989. As a Public Affairs Officer his assignments include the USS Ranger Carrier Battle Group, Public Affairs Detailer and Community Manager, and the Navy New Desk in the Pentagon. As a prior enlisted nuclear qualified submariner, he supervised reactor plant construction of the Trident class submarine USS Henry M. Jackson.
CDR Hill’s numerous personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
He lives in Pottstown with his wife Lisa and daughter Maggie.