McDaniel Board Chair Hill receives Outstanding Director Award

March 12, 2013

Martin K.P. Hill, whose exemplary service to McDaniel College’s Board for two decades and as its chair since 2007, was honored as an Outstanding Director by the Baltimore Business Journal at a ceremony held March 7. He joins an elite group of Greater Baltimore board directors whose commitment to corporate and nonprofit organizations were judged as exceptional.

“Marty is a distinguished volunteer leader to higher education and other community organizations,” said President Roger N. Casey, who nominated Hill for this honor. “He’s guided by the principles of truth, fairness, and goodwill.”

In an interview published by the Baltimore Business Journal, Hill discussed the importance of bringing expertise, time and commitment to any board.

“You need to be prepared to do your homework, to be involved,” Hill said.

Hill began his relationship with McDaniel College in 1990 when his daughter Jennifer transferred to the liberal arts school (formerly Western Maryland College) to complete her undergraduate studies. As a parent, he volunteered in admissions and with a student group that launched a campus-wide recycling project. He joined the Parents Board and shortly thereafter, became chair of the Parents Fund and initiated challenge grants in 1991 and 1993 for senior class gifts to the Annual Fund. He also participated annually in the Carroll County Student Grant Program, which offers a grant to every local high school student enrolling at McDaniel.

While Hill’s generosity continues to be extraordinary, he combines that generosity with a relentless volunteerism. In 1994, as chair of the College’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Marty gave a pacesetting gift of $1.5 million to launch the campaign’s public phase and worked tirelessly to recruit – and mentor – other leaders to join McDaniel’s efforts.

Simultaneously, he served as chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee and led the Board’s approval of a 10-year campus master plan that provided a blueprint of building projects to support the College’s mission and growth. During his tenure, every academic building on campus was renovated and two major academic halls (for the sciences and graduate and professional studies) newly constructed. Additional major capital improvements also include a residential village featuring apartment-style housing for students built using geothermal heating and cooling, a new fitness center constructed, the College’s dining hall renovated, and in November 2012, a new $8-million athletic stadium dedicated.