Alec D. Hill became President and Chief Executive Officer of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA® in July of 2001. InterVarsity is a nondenominational ministry serving 35,000 students and faculty on 560 college and university campuses nationwide. Incorporated in 1941, InterVarsity has a tradition of campus witness and Christian discipleship. It also operates an award-winning publishing arm – InterVarsity Press – and runs a triennial Urbana Student Missions Conference, which draws over 20,000 students.
Alec holds a B.A. in History (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Seattle Pacific University. In addition, he earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. From 1995 – 2001, Alec served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. For the prior decade, he was a Professor of Law and Ethics at the university. In the early 1980s, he served as Regional Director with World Relief.
As dean, Alec led Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics to accreditation by AACSB – a prestigious international organization, established sister school relations with the Warsaw School of Economics and obtained major grants. As a professor, he published numerous articles, consulted with World Vision on homelessness and Amerasian children, developed MBA curricula in Russia, authored an InterVarsity Press book, titled Just Business: Christian Ethics in the Marketplace (also published in the U.K. and Hong Kong) and presented business ethics seminars in Hanoi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Hong Kong. Mr. Hill and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Laura and Carolyn. The family lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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At Stake: Religious Liberty
A letter from Alec Hill, President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA to Intervarsity Staff
Last month, the Federal government mandated that Catholic universities, hospitals and charities must provide – and pay for – contraceptives to their employees and students. The mandate may also — depending upon interpretation – include the provision of sterilization services and the morning-after pill. (There appears to be some disagreement amongst scholars regarding the potential scope of the new Health and Human Service mandate.)
Why should I care? I am not Catholic. Nor do I agree with Catholic teaching on contraception, though I do have grave concerns about the morning-after pill.
Politically, I am a moderate and hence not prone to condemn every governmental edict.
I care because this matter touches upon the religious freedom of us all. I care because InterVarsity is engaged in a parallel struggle. Over the past 18 months, our status as a recognized student organization has been challenged on 41 campuses.