Phyllis Hill joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1952, and eventually began working on her PhD. During her time at the U of I, she served as Professor, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean of the College of Applied Life Studies (now Applied Health Sciences). Dr. Hill led the college through the tumultuous years of merging the men’s and women’s athletic/physical education programs which in turn required major restructuring of the academic programs, degree requirements, and standards for student academic life. In 2003, Dr. Hill returned to Illinois for a university-wide recognition of women called Illinois 3D. The event honored women who had distinguished themselves in various collegiate sports or as administrators of women’s sports before the days when such acknowledgements were not accorded to women.
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