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Mark Hillis, '64 Finance

Markhillis64@yahoo.com
850-524-2035

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Professional Summary

Mark Hillis earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration majoring in finance from Florida State University’s College of Business in 1964 and a Juris Doctor from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1977. Mark, a retired major of the U.S. Marine Corps, served 33 years as first vice president for SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. In 2016, he continued his service by accepting a seat on the SunTrust Bank Florida Panhandle Regional Advisory Board of Directors.

Mark has served on the FSU Board of Trustees since 2010. He is the vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chairs the Academic Affairs Committee. Mark and his wife, Nan, have established seven endowed scholarships at FSU for students and one professorship in real estate in the College of Business. Additionally, they have donated to the FSU Alumni Center, the new College of Business Building, Legacy Hall, and the Veterans Legacy Complex.

Mark is the recipient of the FSU Alumni Circle of Gold Award, the FSU Alumni Association Emeritus Alumni Society Commitment to Excellence Award, the FSU Faculty Senate Mores Torch Award, the FSU Real Estate Network Award and is a member of the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame.

Mark has served on numerous FSU boards including serving on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees for 14 years, the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors for nine years, the FSU College of Business Board of Governors for 26 years, the FSU College of Business Real Estate Center Executive Board for 15 years, the FSU Undergraduate Studies Development Council, the FSU Graduate School Advancement Council, the FSU Libraries Advancement Board and the FSU Veterans Alliance Advancement Council.

Additionally, he has served on numerous FSU committees, and other boards associated with FSU as well as civic boards and committees listed below.


Professional Experience

CPC International, 1964-1966

.     Salesman, Best Foods Division

U.S. Marine Corps, 1966-1986

.      Major

SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, GA, 1969-2002

  • First Vice President, Real Estate Finance

Florida Panhandle Regional Advisory Board of Directors


Florida State University

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree, Finance Major (1964)
  • Board of Trustees (2010 - present)
    • Vice Chair
    • Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
    • Chair, Select Committee for Strategic Planning
    • Chair, Finance Business and Audit Committee
    • Chair, Collective Bargaining Issues Committee
  • College of Business Board of Governors (1989 - 2015)
    • Board Chair (1996 – 1998)
    • Chair, Advancement Committee
  • Foundation Board of Trustees (1995 – 2008)
    • Secretary
    • Chair, Real Estate Committee
    • Chair, Finance Committee
    • Chair, Development Committee
    • Chair, Capital Campaign Executive Committee
  • Executive Board College of Business Real Estate Center (2003 – present)
  • College of Business Past President’s Council (2015 – present)
  • Alumni Association Ambassadors (2014 - present)
  • Raise the Torch National Capital Campaign Committee (2013 – 2018)
  • Undergraduate Studies Development Council (2012 – present)
  • Graduate School Advancement Council (2012 – 2014)
  • Veterans Alliance Advancement Board (2012 – present)
  • Alumni Association Steering Committee (2009)
  • Alumni Association Development Committee (2004 – 2008)
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors (1993-2002)
    • Treasurer
    • Chair, Advancement Committee
  • Chair, Georgia Florida State University Capital Campaign Committee (1992-1997)
  • Libraries Advancement Board (2017-present)
  • University Strategic Planning Committee (2016-2017)
  • University Strategic Plan Implementation Committee (2017-present)
  • University Branding Committee (2017-present)
  • College of Business Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker (1998)

 

Theta Chi Fraternity

  • Board of Directors, Foundation Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity (2011 – 2019)
    • Secretary
    • Chair, Scholarship Committee

Recognition Organizations

  • FSU Alumni Association Lifetime Member
  • FSU Emeritus Alumni Society
  • FSU Seminole Boosters Member
  • FSU Francis Eppes Society
  • FSU James D. Westcott Society
  • FSU Custodes Lampadis Society
  • Seminole Boosters MICCO Society
  • FSU Vires, Artes, Mores, Sapphire Society


Florida State University Contributions

  • Established the Mark and Nan Casper Hillis Endowed Fund for Student Veterans (2017)
  • Funded a charitable gift annuity to establish the Mark and Nancy Casper Hillis Professorship in Real Estate in the Florida State University College of Business (2015)
  • Funded a charitable gift annuity to establish the Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Endowed Scholarship for Women's Softball and Women's Basketball (2015)
  • Established the Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Florida State University Division of Undergraduate Studies (2015)
  • Donated real estate to FSU to support construction of the new College of Business Building, Legacy Hall, and the Veterans Legacy Complex (2012)
  • Established the Mark and Nancy Casper Hillis Endowed Scholarship for Football (2010)
  • Established the Mark and Nancy C. Hillis Endowed Fund for Real Estate in the FSU College of Business (2004)
  • Established the Mark and Nancy Casper Hillis Dining Room at FSU Alumni Center (2000)
  • Established the Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Endowed Fund for Finance in the FSU College of Business (1988)

Other Civic and Philanthropic Activities

Board of Directors Southern Scholarship Foundation (2006 – 2009)

  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Chair, Investment Committee
  • Emeritus Member

The Council on Culture & Arts for Tallahassee/Leon County (2004 – 2006)

  • Board Member and Treasurer
  • Chair, Ways and Means Committee

Community Advancement Board of the Hospice of the Comforter for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties

.      Board Member (2007-2009)

Hospice of the Comforter Board of Directors for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties

.     Board Member (2010)

Leadership Georgia

  • Class of 2000

Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

  • Lifetime Member

Marine Corps Reserve Association and the Military Association Officers of America

  • Lifetime Member


Awards

  • FSU Alumni Association Emeritus Alumni Society Commitment to Excellence Award (2018)
  • FSU Faculty Senate Mores Torch Award symbolizing respect for customs, character and tradition in recognition of Nan and my commitment of time, talent and financial commitment to the university (2018)
  • Southern Scholarship Foundation Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors. Elected (2017)
  • FSU Real Estate Network Award in recognition of Nan and my generous contributions to the FSU Real Estate Program (2017)
  • Theta Chi Fraternity Citation of Honor for Outstanding Service (2015)
  • Theta Chi Fraternity David E. Devol Award for Exemplary Service (2014)
  • FSU College of Business Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Theta Chi Fraternity Gamma Rho Chapter Award for Meritorious Service (2011)
  • FSU Alumni Association Circle of Gold Award which recognizes worthy individuals who through their service and achievements, personify the university’s tradition of excellence (1996)
     


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