Trent Hill recently joined the Amarillo Area Foundation as Vice President of Development. Born and raised in Amarillo, Trent graduated from Amarillo High School and attended West Texas State University where he earned a B.B.A. in 1982 and Master of Science in 1986. He joined First National Bank of Canyon as Director of Marketing and Personnel in 1982. In 1985 he became the Director of Economic Development for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, until opening the Amarillo and Lubbock markets for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (now AT&T cellular) in 1987. In 1989 Trent moved to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas to pursue a Ph.D. which he earned in 1993.
Trent then joined Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas as Director of Development. He moved to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1997 where he served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement until his retirement in January 2017.
“Having the opportunity to return to the Texas Panhandle is a true blessing. I love Texas, I loved North Texas, I loved East Texas and I loved South Texas, but nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to my love for the Texas Panhandle and its people. To be able to join the dynamic team at the Amarillo Area Foundation in working to improve the quality of life for the Texas Panhandle residents is a dream come true.” said Hill.
As Vice President of Development for the Foundation, Trent engages in the creation and expansion of funds to support quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle. It is his hope to engage the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle in the drive to support community needs. From expansion of the membership to increasing the number and size of funds at the Foundation, Trent’s efforts will help promote the Foundation’s mission.
Trent and his wife Carole have three children; Naudia Vasquez, Nikalous Roark, John Wayne Hill and his wife Megan Hill; as well as two grandsons, Ryan Hill (4) and Jace Hill (3).