Chat with Dr. Chris Hill Tues., May 7 at 1:30 p.m. MDT.
April 30, 2002
On Tuesday, May 7, University of Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill drops by ESPN.com's moderated chat room presented by TheMWC.com to take questions on Utes athletics and more.
Dr. Hill has helped develop Utah athletics into a nationally recognized program since taking the reins in 1987. Hill, just 37 years old when he was named director of athletics, has administered the U. athletics program through the most successful period in its history.
His vision reaches beyond the athletic department. Since 1998, he has been the special assistant to U. president Dr. Bernie Machen. On a national level, Hill was the NCAA appointed chairman of the powerful Championships/Competition Cabinet from 1997-98. He now serves as the Mountain West Conference representative on the NCAA Management Council and is chair of the Management Council's subcommittee on anti-trust. He was also chair of the transition committee for the Mountain West Conference. But his biggest strides have come on the U. campus, where his tenure has been charged with capital improvements, an emphasis on student-athlete welfare and academics, and winning programs.
Dr. Hill was the driving force behind an athletics corridor on the U. campus that now features numerous national caliber varsity athletic facilities. The cornerstone is Rice-Eccles Stadium, a beautiful $50 million, 45,634-seat structure that opened in 1998. Also close to Hill's heart is the new, high tech Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center. Opened in March 2001, the Burbidge Center offers unparalleled academic opportunities for the U.'s varsity student-athletes.
Dr. Hill won't be stopping by until 1:30 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, May 7, but feel free to leave your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.