Alumni Spotlight—Elizabeth Hinton

  Jessyca Brown
  Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:13 AM
  General Events

Hillsboro, TX

Elizabeth Hinton received a rodeo scholarship from Hill College out of high school in 1994 and went on to graduate from Hill College in 1996 with an associate degree in psychology.

After graduating, she enrolled at Sam Houston State University with the goal of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in child psychology. Due to family circumstances, her grandfather became terminally ill, Elizabeth moved home to help her father care for him, withdrawing from Sam Houston.

It was during that time she considered pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. She received a student worker position at Texas A&M’s Large Animal Clinic as a surgery technician. That experience changed her future. She decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

In 1998, a year after she began working as a student, a full-time position opened in the Large Animal Surgery Department as a surgery technician. She was offered the position and went on to become the supervisor of the Large Animal Operating Room. After that, she assumed the position of Head of Surgical Services for the Orthopedic and Soft Tissue departments.

Elizabeth has since continued to advance in her career, moving on to take over the Central Sterile Supply Department, which is responsible for all the surgical equipment, and the Equine Sports Medicine Department. In 2023, she was promoted to Assistant Hospital Administrator, where she oversees all staff and service areas of the Large Animal Hospital.

When asked about her time at Hill College and how that experience prepared her for her professional career, she said “I worked with Dr. Pam Boehm, who was a licensed professional counselor at the time and who went on to become president of the college, as a student worker. She taught me a lot about integrity and professionalism. She always followed through with her promises and is one of those people who you instantly respect. I was recently able to introduce my daughter, Kasey Jo, to Dr. Boehm, at a basketball game.”

She also credits the professors at the college with their passion for teaching during her time there, saying “I honestly did not have a professor I wasn’t fond of. Mr. Paul Harvey was a phenomenal professor and instilled a love of history in my education and life in general.”

Elizabeth is married to her husband, Joe Hinton, who is a pharmacy veterinary technician at the Large Animal Clinic. They have a daughter, Kasey Jo, who was born in 2000. Kasey also grew up rodeoing but eventually decided to pursue her sports career in basketball. She attended the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, where she played basketball and eventually helped lead the team to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in 2002. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy.