Ms. Stephanie Chalon Hill has dedicated her professional life to serving the community through her work in higher education for the past seventeen years. A native Nevadan, Ms. Hill was raised in North Las Vegas along with four siblings by parents Gregory and Jackie Hill and Grandfather Willard Hill, Sr. She graduated from Rancho High School in 1992 with a full-ride academic and music scholarship to UNLV. After three years of majoring in music at UNLV, Ms. Hill took a break to test out the workforce before resuming her studies at what was then known as the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN). She earned an Associates of Arts degree from CCSN in 2000 before returning to UNLV to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 2001 and Master’s in Public Administration in 2007. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Community College Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.
Ms. Hill began her professional career at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) in 1999. During her seventeen-year tenure, she has shown an unwavering commitment towards developing a student-centered campus community that promotes the personal, social and academic development of students at the College of Southern Nevada. This has been accomplished through her various roles and responsibilities as Student Recruitment & Retention Specialist III; Director for Student Life and Leadership Development (advisor to ASCSN); Coordinator for Campus Tutoring; Project Director for TRiO Student Support Services; Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and District Relations, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement Services and currently Associate Vice President for Student Engagement Services. The depth, breadth, and scope of these experiences and responsibilities have provided her a clear understanding of access, intake, matriculation, and academic and social processes and their critical relationship to student issues, growth and development, and ultimately their success. In addition, from these experiences she has developed a solid background in community and campus outreach and engagement which has earned her numerous awards, recognitions, and accolades over the years including the NISOD Leadership Excellence Award, ASCSN Administrator of the Year, and the State of Nevada Legislature Award for Commitment to Education in Nevada and Contributions to Student Lives.
Ms. Hill’s leadership contribution to student success has been comprehensive and multifaceted ranging from entry level front line services to senior level administration. As a student recruitment and retention specialist she provided comprehensive services that included access to CSN as well as service and support throughout the entire student life cycle. In working with TRiO Student Support services she provided guidance, advising, and mentoring to first generation, low income and disabled students yielding academic achievement, persistence, retention, transfer and graduation rates higher than the general CSN student population. Currently as a senior administrator, she works collaboratively and cooperatively to develop and revise policy, practices, procedures and programming with the goal of transforming the organization, organizational culture, and the student and staff experience by placing student success, equity and inclusiveness, and customer service at the forefront.
It is her belief that leadership is not defined by title alone but is the direct result of the positive influence and impact that one can have, regardless of rank and position, on the lives and experiences of students, staff, the features of an organization and the global community.
Ms. Hill served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs having also held the position of Secretary during her tenure with the Board. She currently serves as the President of the newly formed State of Nevada Council on Black American Affairs.