Elizabeth L. Hillman

Elizabeth L. Hillman, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, smiles for a portrait photo.

President & CEO

Elizabeth L. Hillman is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and equity, and an expert voice on the U.S. military justice system. Hillman began her career as a space operations officer in the U.S. Air Force, which she served for seven years, including two as an instructor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Most recently, Hillman served as the 14th president of Mills College, the first women’s college west of the Rockies, where she oversaw a reduction in tuition to protect access in response to the rising cost of college and spearheaded a transformative merger of Mills College with Northeastern University to increase opportunity for students and secure Mills’ future.

She was recently appointed chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Justice Review Panel, which conducts comprehensive reviews of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to ensure the military justice system most effectively and efficiently conducts justice consistent with due process, good order, and discipline.

Hillman is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the CalVet Trailblazer Award from the California Department of Veteran Affairs.

Hillman previously served as provost and academic dean at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she also served as law professor. She served as law professor at Rutgers Law School as well. Hillman received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Duke University, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in history from Yale University.

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