The History Behind the A. Glenn Hill

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The STEM building was officially renamed the A. Glenn Hill Center Friday.

The renaming was part of a ceremony to honor Hill, and featured an unveiling of a statue of Hill. The memorial was attended by Hill’s family, 40 members of which have attended North Dakota State.

Hill is a former dean at NDSU. He was the dean of the math department for over 20 years, an NDSU alumnus and at one point, the athletic director.

Hill was born and raised in Erie, North Dakota.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani said Hill was a quiet, honest and classic man who “touched the lives of every student.” He added that Hill was a part of the NDSU community for so long most NDSU almuni couldn’t remember a time where Hill was not a part of NDSU.

Hill co-authored three widely used mathematics books which are held in the hands of his statue. Hill was also responsible for other publications and mathematical concepts.

He was incredibly active in campus activities and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Service Award.

“When the opportunity to name this building was first suggested, it couldn’t have been a more fitting tribute to a more fitting individual,” Bresciani said. “He is at the very foundation of (NDSU) becoming what it is today”

Harry McGovern, Hill’s nephew, also spoke at the ceremony.

McGovern said that once Hill returned to teach at NDSU, Hill housed several family members while they got an education from the school.

McGovern added that Hill’s last words were to one his relatives, telling them to “finish school.”

Hill passed away shortly before he was scheduled to retire.

Bresciani spoke about where the building named after Hill came from and what its purpose is.

He said the goal behind the building is to deliver a space that is both efficient, effective and focused on undergraduates.

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