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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Faulkner University President Dr. Billy D. Hilyer announced plans to retire effective May 31, 2015, at the close of the 2014-2015 school year.
President Hilyer, the universities 7th president, has served in his position for 28 years. He began his career at Faulkner University in 1974 as a part time counselor and was named director of student services the following year. In February 1986 he was named executive vice president, and named president July 1986.
Hilyer announced his retirement in a letter to the university's board of trustees, and gave credit to board members and employees for Faulkner's growth during his time as president.
"I am grateful for our wonderful faculty and staff," Hilyer said. "For years
I have received much too much credit, credit that was due the faculty. Much of
the progress we have enjoyed through the years is the result of their hard
work, often under difficult circumstances, their professionalism and good
While Hilyer was president he accomplished several things including the doubling of enrollment at Faulkner, the growth of academic offerings, including the university's first doctorate-level degree programs through eCampus, the transformation of the main campus in Montgomery and the addition of a football program in 2007.
The search committee to name the university's next president has already
been formed, according to John W. Hill III, chairman of Faulkner's board of
trustees. It is chaired by Dale Kirkland, also a member of the board of
trustees, and includes the following: Jim Campbell, Carlton Freeman, Chip
Garrett, Jess Hall, Levon Henley, Billy Lambert, Louis Lester and Carole