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Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 12th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 11, 2011) - – The Lone Star state will be well represented this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI). NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner Randy Hill will unveil a purple and white Ford Mustang with 19-year old Casey Roderick at the helm boasting the colors of Abilene Christian University (ACU).

“It’s such a blessing for me to be a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” Hill said. “The opportunity to bring Abilene Christian University on-board for our debut seems only fitting. The university has done so much for me and others; I want everyone to know just how great of a place ACU really is and what they can offer to others.”

Hill is a strong supporter of education and helped initiate a program that provides iPads to schools. Hill began the initiative last December at Dallas Christian School by helping to donate iPads to teachers.  He later helped create a similar initiative at Abilene Christian School.  This week, he received national press attention for partnering with Abilene Christian University and Dallas Christian School to provide iPads 2 to students at Dallas Christian School.

“This is about giving back,” Hill said. “Sure, we’re going racing this weekend to have fun in our No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang. But off the track, it’s about what more Randy Hill Racing and its associates can do not only now but for the future when it comes to education.”

This is the first K-12 school in America to implement a universal iPad initiative. Hill followed up at ACS in January 2011.

The Zippo 200 at the Glen (82 laps / 200.9 miles) is the 23rd of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, August 12 with a two-hour session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day on Saturday, August 13th set to launch at 9:45 a.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR (Satellite) Radio (Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 1:00 p.m. also on ESPN.

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About Abilene Christian University:

ACU hoisted in Abilene, Texas just on the outskirts of Hill’s hometown of Baird, Texas. Their mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.  ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

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Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, December 08th, 2010

Randy Hill Launches Initiative to Give iPads to Teachers at Dallas Christian

Charitable donation will allow 60 teachers and all high school students to receive iPads

DALLAS, TEXAS—Randy Hill, President and CEO of Advanced Trailer, today announced that he is providing money to help Dallas Christian School distribute iPads to each full-time teacher as part of its new ChargerTech initiative.  Faculty will spend the Christmas holidays familiarizing themselves with the device, after which they will begin collaborating with experts from Abilene Christian University, a recognized leader in the area of Mobile Learning.

“We can’t keep giving our kids the kind of instruction I received in the ‘80s, let alone giving it to them essentially in the way it was delivered in the 1880s,” Hill said in making the announcement. “I’m thrilled to be able to help DCS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution that can get these students ready for the jobs they will want in the future – many of which don’t even exist right now.”

Plans call for all of Dallas Christian’s high school students to receive their own iPads in August 2011, prior to the start of the school year.  iPad carts will be available across campus for use by students in the lower grades.

Dallas Christian’s partnership with Abilene Christian University will give DCS faculty access to the latest research in the ever-expanding world of mobile learning technology.

“We look forward to supporting the ChargerTech initiative,” says Dr. Billie McConnell, director of ACU’s k-12 Digital Learning Institute. “Schools need to be developing their students’ critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Making use of the latest digital tools is one of the most important ways they can accomplish their mission.

“At ACU, our students and faculty are immersed in the day-in-day-out process of adapting this technology to the classroom, and we’re succeeding. We look forward to sharing our experience with Dallas Christian,” says McConnell.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Any job competition leaves questions and even some hurt feelings. But at the end, one person gets the job and everyone else gets behind him.

As I said all along, ACU could not make a bad choice between Phil Schubert and Rick Lytle. Now that Phil has been selected, the entire ACU family needs to join together to help him succeed. He’ll need everyone’s help since ACU faces some important challenges in the coming years.

Let’s remember that this is “no ordinary university” and let’s help make Phil Schubert a great president. My friend Donny Vaughn has started a Facebook page where folks can salute Phil. I urge you to join. And I urge you to pray for Phil and for ACU.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, February 15th, 2010

Last week, ACU chose Phil Schubert to be its next president. And in this blog, we congratulated him and wished him well.

Over the weekend, a number of people have called or emailed me with comments on the selection.

So we thought we would open up the discussion and listen to you. What do you think of the choice?

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Author: RWHill
• Friday, February 12th, 2010

Later this morning, ACU will name Phil Schubert the school’s 11th president. Several sources have confirmed this for me.

I want to congratulate Phil for his selection and wish him nothing but the best. Phil is perhaps best known for several marketing successes during his time in the ACU administration, including a deal with Apple to give all incoming freshmen Iphones.

He will face some challenges as the new president, especially as ACU’s student body grows more religiously diverse and as ACU tries to maintain its Church of Christ heritage. But I believe that with’s Phil’s leadership the job will be done.

What do you think? Let me know. And look for a press release later today with more details.

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Author: RWHill
• Monday, January 11th, 2010

My alma mater has announced the two finalists to be the next president.  And regardless of who is chosen, ACU can’t lose with either one.

Phil Shubert s executive vice president at ACU. He is responsible for the development and coordination of university-wide strategic planning; he oversees operational areas including ACU’s admissions and recruiting, marketing, university relations, finance, information services, facilities and human resources.

Rick Lytle is dean of ACU’s College of Business, a position he has held since 2000. He also serves as professor of marketing. He helped secure AACSB accreditation for COBA in 2004, then again in 2009.

I know both of these candidates.  And I know that these two outstanding men make for two outstanding candidates.  The real winner in all this is ACU.  In 2010, ACU will have a new president and a bright future.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, July 20th, 2009


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Author: RWHill
• Sunday, July 19th, 2009

As we conclude our series on the NCAA investigation of ACU athletics and launch our new ebook, here is the link to the official NCAA report:

NCAA report on ACU

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Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 17th, 2009

For the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the NCAA’s investigation of ACU and the ACU response. By now, we’ve established that the penalties were too severe and the response was too passive.

So today, let’s end the series by looking at what ACU could have and should have said. Here is what I believe either President Money or Athletic Director Mosley might have been better off saying:

“We accept that rules were broken. But we do not accept that we did anything wrong.

As a Christian university, we have a higher calling to a higher power than the NCAA. And our code of conduct is a little different than the NCAA version. The NCAA version leads that organization to slap big guys on the wrist, like when OU alums were paying Rhett Bomar to not work at a car dealership. But that same NCAA code of conduct allows them to go after little guys like ACU with a vengeance.

Our code of conduct takes precedence: it’s the Bible. And in it, we are instructed to love our neighbors as ourselves.

And so when a track athlete with an infected foot needs treatment, we provide it.

When a player needs a computer to take a correspondence course, we supply it.

And when athletes from other countries want to come to our Christmas parties, we embrace them.

That is not just what we do…that is who we are. We don’t talk about kindness; we live it.

And so while we accept responsibility, we don’t apologize. And when given the opportunity again, we will continue to do the right thing, whether the NCAA thinks its the legal thing or not.

In 2nd Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul instructs us to “stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught….” That is what we did…and what we will continue to do.

We can hold our heads high at the end of this investigation. Too bad the officials at the NCAA can’t say the same thing.”

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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 16th, 2009

When ACU announced it was appealing some of the NCAA sanctions in February, here is what athletic director Jared Mosley said:

“We were surprised by the penalty in football that asked us to vacate the 2007 wins and associated records there. We had a chance the last couple of weeks to look into that a little deeper and feel that it’s going to be worth our time and effort to put in the work and then look at case precedent and file our own appeal of those penalties they outlined for us.”

The problem with this approach is that by challenging some of the sanctions, ACU implied that other sanctions were legitimate.

For example, by not challenging the track sanctions, the school suggested that it agreed with a ludicrous penalty leveled because the Hillcrest Church of Christ hosted a Christmas party that some track athletes attended.

By picking and choosing which sanctions to appeal, ACU inadvertently undermined its best argument: that the entire NCAA investigation was absurd.

Tomorrow, we’ll close out our series on the NCAA sanctions against ACU by looking at what could have been said and how it might have made a difference.

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Author: RWHill
• Monday, July 13th, 2009

This week, we continue our series about the NCAA sanctions against ACU called “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”

Last week, we focused on the allegations and the heavy-handed response the NCAA handed down. Most of the ACU sins were minor and usually involved Christians trying to love their neighbors who just happened to be athletes. And the NCAA punishment simply did not fit the crime.

But this week, we’re going to shift our focus and talk about ACU’s role. Not in committing these offenses–even ACU admits they did these things. Rather, I want to focus on ACU’s response…or lack thereof.

This could have been a great moment when a Christian school had the attention of the national media and used it to talk about how absurd it is that a church can’t give out a Christmas gift to an athlete. This could have been a great teaching moment for the whole nation. We could have shown America that we are “no ordinary university.”

So tune in the rest of the week as we talk about the missed opportunities in ACU’s response.

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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 09th, 2009

Today we continue our series on the NCAA sanctions against ACU’s athletic department. And let me be clear: ACU is guilty of these charges. I just don’t think these charges are worthy of the punishments.

Or, to put it another way, what ACU did might have been illegal, but it wasn’t immoral.

Take the case of the church Christmas party. This party was going to be held whether the athletes came or not. Since they also attended the church, why shouldn’t they have gone? Just like when I was in college, my professor, Dr. John Willis, hosted a meal at his house every Sunday night than any student could attend. What’s wrong with that? I talked to a person who was at the Christmas party who said the athletes talked about how far they were from home and what Christmas was like in their home countries. He said it was one of the most moving experiences of his life.

Or take the case of the track athlete who got medical treatment paid for by a friend at church.

At the Indoor Nationals, the athlete got a massive blister that covered the entire ball of his foot.  It was cleaned and treated at the meet. The large flap of skin was laid back and the bare raw area was treated by the training staff. Once back in Texas the injury became worse and medical help was needed…and fast. With no one  turn to–athletic trainers were gone due to Spring Break–a Christian sprinted to the rescue and took him to the urgent care center and paid for his treatment. This is not out of the ordinary for any student at “No Ordinary University”.

Like I’ve said before, this would all be funny if it weren’t so sad.

And how did the NCAA become so obsessed with all these minor infractions at a little school like ACU?

It turns out they had an inside source. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

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Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, July 08th, 2009

And the hits just keep on coming…

Here are some more of the “major violations” that the ACU athletic department committed, according to the NCAA:

“During the summer of 2007, two members of the football coaching staff assisted prospects 3 and 4 with their correspondence coursework.”

And what is the evidence the NCAA cites to back up this claim?

“Because assistant coach C knew prospect 3 needed to be pushed in his school work, he phoned the young man regularly to urge him to study.”

Oh, the horror of it! A college coach actually encouraging an athlete to study. Come on. Isn’t this what all coaches should be doing? Not just coaching on the field but encouraging academic pursuits off the field, too?

Here is another “major violation” according to the NCAA:

“The scope and nature of the violations detailed in Findings B-1, B-2 and B-3 demonstrate that the head coach failed to maintain an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s and women’s track and field program and failed to monitor certain aspects of the program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation.”

And the evidence?

The track coach “gave each of the young men, who had expressed a desire to compete on his team, a pair of running shoes.”

Tell me again how a pair of running shoes is a “major violation” of the rules?

I do know this NCAA report is a major joke. When you consider that many major colleges pay athletes (remember Rhett Bomar’s “job” and how OU got a slap on the wrist?) then the ACU violations don’t seem very major at all.

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Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, July 07th, 2009

How absurd are the NCAA sanctions against Abilene Christian University’s athletic department?

Consider the case of the church party. Let me quote directly from the NCAA report:

“Many members of the institution’s track and field teams are international student-athletes who are unable to travel to their home countries during the Christmas holidays. During the holiday seasons in both 2006 and 2007, “pot luck” suppers organized by a local church [Hillcrest Church of Christ] were held for some of the international students at the home of an assistant track coach (”assistant coach A”). During those parties 15 student-athletes (”student-athletes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13, 14 and 15,” respectively) were provided impermissible benefits including small appliances, DVD’s, CD’s, food items, gift cards, personal items, clothing items and cash. The items were donated by members of the church.”

Are you kidding me? ACU is being punished because a local church gave out some CD’s and gift cards at a Christmas party? Is this a joke?

But it gets more absurd. Also from the NCAA report:

“Once prospect 3 finished his assignments, assistant coach C mailed the completed correspondence course work to the institution through which the course was offered so that it could be graded. Assistant coach C paid the postage fee to send the assignments. Prospect 3 passed the class and competed for the institution.”

I thought coaches were supposed to support the academic pursuits of athletes. How is mailing in the correspondence work a major violation?

Tomorrow, we’ll go through some more of the greatest hits of this absurd report. Be prepared to be shocked at how silly the violations were and how heavy-handed the NCAA’s response was.

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Author: RWHill
• Monday, July 06th, 2009

This week we are kicking off a new blog series entitled: “No good deed goes unpunished.”

This is the story of how ACU’s athletic department got into trouble. Not for paying recruits. Not for fixing grades. But for basic human kindness.

Do you think a track athlete from Africa should be allowed to get a Christmas gift from a local church? I do, too. But the NCAA doesn’t.

In this series, we’ll show you how the NCAA treated jaywalking like it were first-degree murder.

And, we’ll show you how ACU’s response was not nearly strong enough. By not standing up for itself, ACU set the stage to get attacked again…and for other small colleges to get attacked, too.

So be sure and check out our series all this week!

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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, May 21st, 2009

This week, Royce Money announced he's retiring as president of my
alma mater, Abilene Christian University.

I've always loved ACU; and I love the great work that Dr. Money did
there during the last 20 years.  Under his leadership, ACU became a
perennial presence on the US News and World Report list of best
colleges.  Under his leadership, programs were expanded and the
endowment increased.  And under his leadership, ACU reached new
heights while remaining firmly committed to its roots.

I know that ACU will find someone who can succeed Dr. Money.  But it
won't find anyone who can replace him.

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Author: Randy Hill
• Thursday, February 26th, 2009

There is something special going on at the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University. And I want to be a part of it.

If there is one word that defines the difference at the business department at ACU it is: entrepreneurship.  ACU now has a full-time entrepreneur-in-residence, Jim Porter.  Jim brings years of business experience, including successfully started two companies and being involved in the merger of 25 others.  As I’ve written before on this blog, innovation is creating or doing something new before there is a market for it.  ACU’s business school has certainly provided a fine example of innovation with its entrepreneur-in-residence concept.

There are even talks around town that Dr. Rick Lytle, the Dean of the College of Business Administration, is exploring the idea of an Entrepreneurial Incubator.  This is a great time for this project since I believe economic downturns are always fertile ground for new innovation and entrepreneurship.

And there are talks that COBA is exploring the possibilities of a Center for Global Ethics and Leadership. That’s a perfect fit since at ACU students are not only taught how to make a profit, but how to make a difference. In fact, students are taught that the two go hand in hand. I was reminded of how special this approach to business education is earlier this year when I was asked to speak at the ACU Leadership Summit:

Randy Hill YouTube Channel:  Hill Speaks on the topic of “Leadership” at ACU Leadership Summit

This is why I’m so proud of my alma mater.  Lots of schools talk about making a difference; my alma mater actually does.

-Randy Hill

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Author: Randy Hill
• Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The biggest shortcoming of the recently passed stimulus package is that it does little for the most important people in the economy: entrepreneurs.  So says a great article in this week’s Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123544318435655825.html

As readers of this blog know, I have long believed that entrepreneurs are the key to turning the economy around.  But does anyone around the president know that?

Here is what the Journal article said:

“At its best, the stimulus legislation is an immensely expensive attempt to restore what the U.S. economy has lost in the last few months. But the world is already moving on. The only way the American economy is going to regain its lost health and vitality is to lead the world into the future. Entrepreneurs are the only people who can get us there.”

Amen.  And that’s why so many colleges are beginning to move their business departments more in the direction of entrepreneurship.  My alma mater has an entreneuer-in-residence right now.  He brings his real world know-how into academia.  And the winners are the students who learn how their classroom knowledge can work in the corporate boardroom.

The bottom line is that economic downturns create opportunities for entrepreneurs.  So why not help the entrepreneurs create new ideas? I’ll have more to say on this in a few days when I unveil my first e-book devoted to this very topic.

-Randy Hill

Author: Randy Hill
• Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Sometimes nice guys do finish first.  That certainly is the case for Bob Hunter.

http://m.reporternews.com/news/2009/feb/21/family-friends-help-open-hunter-welcome-center/

Most of us only dream about the kind of career Bob has had: college official, state representative, husband, father.  The thread that weaves these different aspects of his life together is his love for God and his love for Abilene Christian University.  And so it’s a perfect tribute that ACU opened a new building in his honor: The Hunter Welcome Center.  This past weekend, more than 700 invited guests, including 57 Hunter family members, were on hand for the festivities.  The new building is a $15.7 million 57,000-square-foot facility.  And as someone who was there for the opening, I can assure you it is a beautiful place.

Which is at it should be since Bob and his wife Shirley are beautiful people. As a college administrator, he helped transform his alma mater from a small college into a major university and was the driving force behind innovative ideas like Sing Song. As a state representative, he coordinated passage of the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant program, which has provided more than $1 billion to students to help them attend private colleges in Texas. And as a man, he simply has no equal.  His grace is matched only by his compassion.

This past weekend, I was proud to see Bob honored by the university he has honored so long and so well.

As a young student in the late 1980s, I was always impressed with the little man with such a possitive attitude that I often met as I crossed the campus heading to classes. Soon his optimistic personality began to rub off on me. When I graduated I took with me many things that I had learned durring my time at ACU.  One of those was the possitive attitude that I learned from Bob. Twenty years later, when asked how I am doing, I still tell people: Great! Never good, fine or ok. But great! Why?  Because that’s what Bob always says.

A few years ago I was invited to Austin for a meeting at the Capital with the Govenors office. Before the meeting I decided to stop by Bob’s office and pay him a visit. As I walked in the door I ask if Bob was in. From the back office I heard him say, “I hear a friendly voice.” Aand I thought to myself, “so do I.”

-Randy Hill

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Author: Randy Hill
• Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

I guess my “major” complaint about the sanctions leveled by the NCAA against ACU is the adjective “major.”

How can the NCAA look at the facts and decide these were “major” violations?  A Christmas party for international students?  Letting an athlete borrow a pair of running shoes? Someone getting a pair of socks as a gift at a church party?

This is “major”? No, this is absurd.

Let’s keep some perspective on this:

First, ACU is a Christian institution.  As such, it has close affiliations with many local churches.

Second, churches do charity.  All the time.  If an international student visits a local church, he/she is going to receive some hospitality.
Third, the NCAA rules covering recruiting are not as simple as some might think.  Here is how ACU Athletic Director Jared Mosley described it:

“The one thing I can say, and I’ve said this multiple times and been consistent, it’s a very complex issue, NCAA compliance. So there are opportunities to misinterpret or just not enough steps in your research to find out the exact approach or method in moving forward in certain situations.”
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/feb/15/qa-with-jared-mosley-acu-athletic-director/

So the combination of well-intentioned hospitality with confusing guidelines led to some “major” violations, according to the NCAA.

Here is what is a major violation: when your star quarterback is getting paid by a local backer’s car dealership for a job he doesn’t even do.  That was Rhett Bomar and OU.  And that was a major violation.  Giving out socks at a church Christmas party is anything but major.

Someone at the NCAA needs to learn the difference.

-Randy Hill

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