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Denise Hill, Ph.D., APR

Associate Professor
Elon University
School of Communications
Elon, North Carolina

Denise Hill is an associate professor at Elon University’s School of Communications, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic communications. Dr. Hill has more than 30 years of corporate communications and public relations agency experience, including positions in which she served in the senior communications role and as a member of the executive leadership team.

Before joining Elon University, Dr. Hill was vice president of corporate communications and public relations at Delhaize America, the U.S. operation of global Fortune 500 grocery retailer Delhaize Group. In this chief communications officer role, she oversaw community relations, crisis communications, employee communications, executive communications, issues management, media relations, public relations, reputation management and the customer call center. Hill previously held chief communications officer positions at Quest Diagnostics and a business unit of Wyndham Worldwide. In addition, she served as a vice president of communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Cigna. Hill started her career at a Carl Byoir/Hill+Knowlton public relations agency in Philadelphia.


In addition to her Elon University teaching experience, Dr. Hill was an adjunct instructor of corporate communications and public relations at New York University. She also taught communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in communications from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her academic research focuses on public relations and social change, how public relations was used to help marginalized groups in the United States gain civil rights, and African American public relations pioneers.