Hill College

Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts 

FULL NAME
Ray Roberts

PREFERRED NAME
Ray

POSITION AT HILL COLLEGE

Instructor - Environmental Science
Campus Environmental Compliance/EPA Project Coordinator

LENGTH OF SERVICE
25 years length of service - 1981-1999 as Athletic Director, Basketball Coach, PHED Instructor and 2008-present as Environmental Science Instructor, EPA Project Coordinator, and 5 of those years (2008-2012) as golf coach.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HILL COLLEGE?
1) We are an open admission college where students can pursue their academic and technical goals, or take personal and professional enrichment courses 2) The Hill College family - faculty, staff, and administration - very friendly, congenial group. The students - I feel blessed to be able to work with young people who are going to be our future leaders 3) Our campus - beautiful campus and setting up here "on The Hill".

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOB
It has been a labor of love and has never seemed like a "job" - whether working as an instructor, coach, athletic director, or with environmental issues. I have really enjoyed the opportunities to help clean up our campus and help beautify our campus through landscaping. I have also been fortunate in that every president that I have served under has allowed me to have some creative input into how to "grow Hill College", whether it has been through adding athletic programs in the 1980s and 1990s or the campus beautification projects that I mentioned.

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I feel very blessed to have the family that I have - my wife, Joanne, and our 3 children - Blake, Nicole, and Kelly. All three of them were born in the 1980s while we lived in Hillsboro and I worked here at Hill College. And not to forget a son-in-law and daughter-in-law and our 16-month old grandson.

HOBBIES OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK
Landscaping as in "planting trees", travel, "recreational" golf, environmental projects, mission projects through the Methodist church and Hill County Habitat for Humanity. We have built one house in Hillsboro through HFH and hope to build another one in Itasca in the very near future. Joanne and I got to do several mission work trips on the Navajo reservation in eastern Arizona, the Window Rock area, a few summers back.

WHO IS YOUR HERO AND WHY?
The "everyday" people that work in jobs of service to others - the missionaries, firefighters, police, military personnel, teachers, doctors and nurses - and the "everyday"" people that work to raise their kids the right way and give of themselves to others. As far as specific people, I would probably have George Washington right there at the top as a national hero, and the guy that started Habitat for Humanity as a philanthropic hero.

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