MISSION

The Hill Country University Center provides affordable higher education opportunities for residents of the Texas Hill Country.

HISTORY

At one time, pursuing a college education without leaving the Texas Hill Country seemed impossible. While education served as an important cornerstone since the founding of the local communities, the region’s homegrown students were forced to leave Fredericksburg to gain any type of post-secondary learning. To address that need, the Hill Country University Center (HCUC) was built in 2010 by the Hill Country University Center Foundation, which owns and operates the facility. The Hill Country University Center is a 24,000 square-foot facility that includes seven classrooms, ten offices, a science laboratory, student lounge, computer lab, and the HEB Community Events Center.

The HCUC provides an opportunity for our Texas Hill Country residents to overcome the three biggest barriers to the pursuit of higher education – availability, proximity to home, and cost. The HCUC serves as a teaching site for our academic partners, Central Texas College and the Texas Tech University Teaching Site at Fredericksburg, where students can pursue an associate or bachelor’s degrees while realizing considerable savings without leaving the communities in which they live. Our academic partners provide higher education opportunities and the HCUC provides the academic facility.

The majority of students attending classes at the HCUC participate in a 2+2 program in which they complete their lower-level freshman and sophomore courses offered by Central Texas College, earning an associate degree, then transfer to Texas Tech University to complete upper division junior and senior-level courses, earning a bachelor degree. Degrees at the HCUC are designed to align with local workforce needs and employment opportunities such as teaching, business, the wine industry, and hospitality.

HILL COUNTRY UNIVERSITY CENTER FOUNDATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - OFFICERS

Dave Campbell, Chair
President
Heartland Enterprises

Brad Hardin, Treasurer
Community Bank President
First United Bank

BOARD MEMBERS

LeeAnn Bailey
Realtor
Portfolio Real Estate – KW, Fredericksburg

Jesse Barter
President
Texas Food and Wine Hunters

Linda Bates
(Retired)

Robyn Derington
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Fredericksburg ISD

Christine Granados
Managing Editor
Rock & Vine Magazine

Bud Harris
Community College Executive (Retired)

Ray Hawkins, Ph.D.
Community College President (Retired)

J. Thomas Hutton, M.D., Ph.D.
Physician (Retired)

Trudy Hutton, J.D.
Attorney (Retired)

 

Jim Mikula
Vice President 
Off Road Hospitality

Pat Moore
CPA and Registered Investment Manager
Private Group Wealth Management

Kent Myers
City Manager
City of Fredericksburg

Thomas Thor Peterson
Owner/Broker/Developer
Heirloom & Co/Frieden Heirloom Brokers, LLC

Amanda M. Stevens
Chief Strategy Officer/Executive Director
Foundation for Hill Country Memorial 

Evelyn Washburne
Co-Founder
Side Street Hospitality

Marc Williamson, Ed.D.
Education Administration (Retired)

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Joe Rodriguez, Ed.D. 
Superintendent
Fredericksburg Independent School District

Kristy Kothe
Hill Country Site Director
Central Texas College

Rahsaan Dawson
Dean of Service Area, Adult and Workforce Education
Central Texas College

Celia Merrill, Ph.D.
Hill Country Site Director
Texas Tech University

Mary Little 
Executive Director
Hill Country University Center Foundation