February 26, 2020
Marvin Hill ’88 was a business administration major who also graduated with a Spanish minor. He is an Ohio State Police captain. He lives in Columbus, Ohio and was a four-year member of the football and track and field teams. His message to students included the importance of his Christian faith, finding value and respecting diversity.
“One of Marvin’s passions is educating troopers and civilians about diversity. One thing that he said that really stuck out to me was that there are many different people in the world and having compassion for them, regardless of the differences, is extremely important. I also really liked how he said that it’s important to remember that humans have far more similarities than differences, which puts everything in perspective. As a manager, keeping this in mind will help you be able to better relate to your employees.”—Brenna Parsley ’20
“Mr. Hill has been incredibly accomplished in his professional career. In fact, in 1999, he was honored as the (Ohio State Police) Trooper of the Year. He also went back to school in 2014 and received his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. Mr. Hill’s success is a testament to his strong work ethic and tenacious spirit.”—Mariel Hanely ’20
“Marvin is a practicing Christian and has found that his purpose is helping others. He has found ways to bridge the gap between faith and work. One example of this was after a drunk driving incident. After the incident occurred, Marvin took the man who was driving under the influence a Bible and shared God’s word with him, which made a huge impact on the man’s life.”—Andrew Giesey ’20
“This week’s speaker was Marvin Hill, who graduated from Thiel in 1988. He was a business administration major with a minor in Spanish. Hill talked about his Thiel story and how he would not replace his college experience with any other. He is a firm believer that Thiel is a home and the people here are family.”—Carrie Severt ’20
“Marvin explained quite a few topics, however, the main term that really stood out to me was ‘value engagement approach’ this term means to basically find value in everyone and that everyone truly has value somewhere inside them. Marvin’s was truly a great story to listen to and just by listening to his great story, I was able to see that he was truly a humble man that cares for others.”—Alec Hoffman ’20
“He gave us some great advice from (the) book ‘Credibility’ where he gave four key principles. Those key principles were honesty, a leader is always forward-thinking, being competent and to be inspiring. He also said that in order to manage or lead people, you need to get your team or staff to buy-in to what they are doing. Meaning that you need to get your people interested and inspired to do what they are doing.”—Maggie Whalen ’20