Hill Center gets new director

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Beth Battle Anderson, a national leader in education strategy and entrepreneurial programs and administration, has been named executive director of The Hill Center, effective July 1.

Anderson’s appointment comes after a year-long search to find a replacement for Shary Maskel. Maskel will retire in June after 30 years as the center’s executive director. 

“I could not be more excited about this opportunity,” Anderson said in a statement. “The Hill Center is a treasure that has changed the lives of thousands of students with learning differences over the last 35 years.”

She applauded Maskel and her team for building what she said is an “incredible foundation upon which to expand the centers impact.”

“My goal is to unleash the knowledge, methods, and resources of The Hill Center to help ensure every student with learning differences in the state of North Carolina and beyond has the tools and support needed to become a confident, independent learner,” Anderson said.

Allison Haltom McClay, chairman of the center’s board of directors, said Anderson impressed the board with her vision for the center.

“Beth’s experience as an accomplished executive at Duke University and Teach For America, as well as her intelligence, innovation and zeal for linking The Hill Center’s successful methodology and outreach programs to students and educators in North Carolina and across the country, makes us confident we have found the right leader for this institution and the students we serve,” McClay said.

Bryan Brander, The Hill Center’s current principal and director of student programs, will assume the role of head of school.  

Anderson is a 1993 graduate of Williams College.

She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000.

Anderson moved to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2001, where she and then-Stanford professor Greg Dees co-founded the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE).

As managing director, she developed courses, conducted research on scaling social impact and led the strategy and operations for CASE, a research and education center that serves MBA students and alumni, business-school faculty and the emerging field of social entrepreneurship.

Anderson joined Teach for America in 2007 as vice president of national foundation relations and was promoted to senior vice president for national development in 2009.

The Hill Center offers a unique half-day program to students in grades K-12 with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders who are enrolled in either a public or private school for a portion of the day. 

Also, The Hill Center provides student-enrichment opportunities, tutoring and summer school programs for the broader community.