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Peter Hille named president of MACED

Peter Hille Named as MACED's New President


February 13, 2015


Berea, Ky. – The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is proud to announce that Peter Hille has been named as the organization's new president. Hille has more than two decades of leadership and community development experience in Central Appalachia. He brings a solid understanding of the issues and challenges central to MACED's work and a wealth of experience on the ground in eastern Kentucky communities. 


"The board of directors is confident in Peter's ability to lead the organization from day one," said MACED Board Chair Ron Eller. "We know that MACED's success in the future will demand his leadership skills, supported and assisted by the fantastic staff that we have in place. We hope you will join us in welcoming Peter to his new role."


In 2012, Hille joined MACED's staff as executive vice president. Prior to that, he was director of the Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College. His twenty-two year career there included creating successful new leadership and community development programs as well as conducting a wide range of projects for local, regional and national organizations. During that time he also served on MACED's board of directors for nine years, including terms as treasurer and as board chair.


"It's a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as MACED's next president," said Hille. "It's an incredibly important time in east Kentucky and Central Appalachia, and there is huge potential to create economic opportunities that matter to people across the region. MACED is really well positioned to continue good work and important partnerships moving forward."


Hille is currently board chair for the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, serves on the board of the Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development and the national advisory board for the Institute for Rural Journalism. Past service included acting as a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on several national projects and serving as facilitator for the Kentucky Appalachian Task Force.


Hille is a native of Missouri, a graduate of Swarthmore College and has made Kentucky his home since 1977. He and his wife live in a passive solar home they designed and built near Berea.