Thomas L. Hill, former senior vice president for student affairs

The annual ISCORE conference started soon after the university’s 1998–99 yearlong university-wide celebration, “The Legacy of George Washington Carver—Inspiring Students to Become Their Best.” The first full conference was modeled after the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) and was held on March 3, 2000 thanks to the vision of former senior vice president for student affairs, Dr. Thomas L. Hill.

Dr. Hill had the inspiration and foresight to make the conference a reality and into the successful and highly praised institutional event now experienced by hundreds of students, staff and faculty every year. When Dr. Hill retired in March 2016, President Leath accepted the conference planning committee’s recommendation to rename the conference “Thomas L. Hill ISCORE: Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity” to reflect his role and commitment to the conference and the university.