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CSU Alum donated $25,000 to alma mater

Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond (left) and Anthony Fairbanks, vice president of Institutional Advancement receive a $25,000 donation from James Hill, Jr., Class of 1964 (Photo courtesy of Central State University)

WILBERFORCE – Alumnus James Hill, Jr ’64  stopped by Central State University to donate $25,000 to his alma mater. The retired managing partner of the Chicago office of Mitchell & Titus and member of Ernst & Young Global Limited has more than 40 years of experience handling an array of financial matters for businesses and individuals. Hill is a certified public accountant inIllinoisand other states in theMidwest.

In 1972, Hill founded the assurance and advisory firm, Hill Taylor, LLC inChicago. After leading his firm successfully for more than 35 years, he joined Mitchell & Titus after it acquired the practice of Hill Taylor in February 2009.  He provided assurance, tax and advisory services for state and local government entities, not-for-profit organizations and commercial businesses.  Hill’s specialty was providing audit and advisory services for employee benefit plans.

Prior to founding Hill Taylor LLC, he was deputy director of the Chicago Economic Development Corp, staff auditor for Alexander Grant & Co. (now Grant Thornton) and cost accountant for Union Carbide inNew York.

Hill received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting fromCentralStateUniversityand a Master of Business Administration in personnel, administration & accounting from theUniversityofChicago’s Booth School of Business.

He serves on the board of directors for the Civic Alliance Consulting, the board of trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology, and on the board of directors and audit committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations.

Hill has been recognized for many business awards including: the National Association of Minority CPA Firms Chairman’s Award;InstituteofInternal Auditors Citation; Outstanding Professional Achievement Award fromCentralStateUniversity; and a Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Community Service, among others.


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