Washington Post's Stephen P. Hills Becomes Founding Director of Business Skills Program

September 8, 2015 —

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After 28 successful years at The Washington Post, President and General Manager Stephen P. Hills is resigning to become founding director of the Georgetown University Law Center Business Skills Program and a visiting professor. Beginning in January, Hills will help create a curriculum designed to teach law students the fundamentals of business, management and organization.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Steve Hills to Georgetown Law to share with our students the business skills he’s learned over a tremendously successful and varied career,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “His leadership of a Fortune 500 company has given him extraordinary knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm; he will give students an unparalleled introduction to the business skills they need to practice law in the 21st century.”  

In the last several years, Georgetown Law has developed a range of business skills offerings, including a highly regarded twice-a-year financial literacy boot camp that is consistently oversubscribed and a Business Law Scholars Program that provides a weekly seminar for students working in business-law related internships in Washington, D.C. Hills will expand course offerings, creating a “mini MBA” course and working with business law faculty to develop a business skills curriculum.

Hills has served as president and general manager of The Washington Post since September 2002, and in 2008 became president and general manager of Washington Post Media, a world-class multi-platform news brand. Earlier this year, The Washington Post was named the “Most Innovative Media Company in the World” by Fast Company. During his tenure, Hills has been instrumental in transforming the Post into an innovative digital product company that has seen more digital audience growth this year than any other single news organization.

“I love to build things,” said Hills. “We were able to create historic success at the Post, and that all started with a storied brand and a legacy of excellence. I am excited to be working with another storied brand in Georgetown Law, to build a program that will help create stronger business leaders in the future.”  

In a statement, Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post thanked Hills for his leadership. “The Post has enjoyed great success, and we owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude for the substantial role he played in creating that success. We were fortunate to have had so many years of extraordinary leadership from one of the finest executives the newspaper industry has known. We will miss his daily presence and guidance, and we wish him all the best.”  

Hills’ career started after college when he used $2,000 in savings to co-found The Bay City Business Journal in the San Francisco Bay Area, which — under his leadership — grew within two years to become the largest controlled circulation business publication in Northern California. He joined the Post as an advertising sales representative in 1987 after working as a business intern in 1986. He started his career as a sales representative for the Fuller Brush Company in San Francisco. He graduated from Yale University in 1981 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.  

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