Leon Hill

Leon Hill is the Strategic Data and Technology Coach at Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Leon assists colleges in building capacity in the development, analysis, and use of student performance outcomes, efficiency outcomes, and equity outcomes to inform improvement efforts, including the use of local and national data.

Prior to joining the team at ATD, Leon was Senior Solutions Consultant at Civitas Learning, a predictive analytics company in Austin, Texas, where he helped colleges use knowledge gained from their predictive insights to take action to increase student persistence and completion. While at Civitas Learning, Leon also served as a Data Coach for two colleges in New York and Ohio, as well as an iPASS coach for institutions in Texas. Earlier in his career, he was the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Through these roles, Leon acquired a broad understanding of the ATD improvement model, which he put into practice in 2006 when Montgomery County Community College joined the Achieving the Dream network. The college earned Leader College status in 2011 and was co-winner of the 2014 Leah Meyer Austin award.

In addition to leadership roles at Civitas Learning and in numerous community college administrations, Leon worked as the Local Area Chair and Co-Program Chair for the Northeast Association for Institutional Research’s (NEAIR) annual conference, and was an active member of the national Association for Institutional Research (AIR). He also served as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Community Colleges’ Institutional Research affinity group. His research interests include community colleges, measuring and mapping the effectiveness of the institution’s mission and strategic plan, understanding the challenges and success of underrepresented students, and the use of analytics and information technology to inform the institution’s decision-making capabilities. Over the years, Leon has been published in numerous scholarly journals and presented at several regional and national conferences.

Leon holds an M.A. in Public Administration and Policy from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has also completed doctoral course work in Higher Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has advanced research training from the Institute for Survey Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


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