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Melvin B. Hill, Jr.

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Senior Public Service Associate
Emeritus in the Institute of Higher Education

Mr. Hill served in several positions at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) from 1974 to 1996, including director (1984-1996). He was given the title of the Robert G. Stephens Senior Fellow in Law and Government by CVIOG when he joined the Institute in 1996. 

From 2000 to 2009 he also served as the editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement; helping to reshape its mission and focus, strengthen its board, tighten its standards of article review, and broaden its reach. 

Hill served as the staff director of the Select Committee on Constitutional Revision from 1979-1982. The committee was established by an act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1977 to oversee a comprehensive revision of the Georgia Constitution, last revised in 1945. This committee was comprised of the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and other leaders of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  

In 2015 Hill published an article in The Athens Historian entitled “The Lucy Cobb Institute for Girls and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government – A Grand Convergence.” In 2018 he and his wife, Dr. Georgia LaVerne Williamson Hill, published the second edition of The Georgia State Constitution, the Georgia volume of the Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States (Oxford University Press). 

Mr. Hill can be reached at  

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