Walter Barnard Hill

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Walter Barnard Hill
University of Georgia
In office
Preceded by William Ellison Boggs
Succeeded by David Crenshaw Barrow Jr.
Personal details
Born (1851-09-09)September 9, 1851
Talbotton, Georgia
United States
Died December 28, 1905(1905-12-28) (aged 54)
Athens, Georgia
Alma mater University of Georgia

Walter Barnard Hill (September 9, 1851 – December 28, 1905) was chancellor of the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens from 1899 until his death in 1905 (The head of the university was referred to as chancellor instead of president, from 1860 until 1932).


Hill was born in Talbotton, Georgia. He obtained three degrees from the university: A.B. (1870), M.A. (1871), and Bachelor of Laws (B.L.) (1871) and was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He practiced law in Macon, Georgia.

Hill's efforts eventually led to contraction of pneumonia, and he died in office in December 1905. He was buried in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.


Walter Bernard Hill Hall on the campus of Savannah State University is named in honor of Dr. Hill.[1]

* Created the foundations for the College of Agriculture and the College of Education

  • Expanded the law curriculum from one to two years
  • Established a School of Pharmacy (1903)
  • Prepared for the School of Forestry (1906)
  • Secured $151,000 in funding from the Georgia General Assembly between 1900 and 1905 (as opposed to just $8,000 in 1899)
  • Opened the following buildings on the university of Georgia campus: Denmark Hall (1901), Peabody Library (1905); Science Hall/Terrell Hall (1897/1904), Candler Hall (1902), and Meigs (originally, LeConte) Hall (1905).


  1. ^ Mobley, Chuck (2009-06-14). "SSU's Hill Hall recognized for its restoration". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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Preceded by
William Ellison Boggs
President of the University of Georgia
1899 – 1905
Succeeded by
David Crenshaw Barrow Jr.