Dr. Adriel A. Hilton serves as Chief Diversity Consultant at Darling Communications. Dr. Hilton is director of the Extended Campus, Myrtle Beach Metropolitan at Webster University. As the chief administrative officer for the extended campus, he is charged with implementing programs and policies that achieve the overall goals and objectives of the University. Most recently, Dr. Hilton has held positions at Grambling State University where he was chief of staff and executive assistant to the President and at Western Carolina University where he was an assistant professor and director of the Higher Education Student Affairs program.He previously served as an assistant professor and director of the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University. In addition, he served as the inaugural assistant vice president for inclusion initiatives at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). His responsibilities included consulting, advising, and providing support and informational resources on the subjects of diversity and inclusion to all levels of administration, faculty and staff. Additionally, he acted as a liaison to GVSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.
Dr. Hilton honed his expertise in higher education administration and teaching in his previous position at Upper Iowa University (UIU), where he served as executive assistant to the President and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees & the first ever chief diversity officer at the University. He was also an adjunct faculty member at both UIU and the University of Northern Iowa during this period.
Dr. Hilton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA; a master’s of applied social science (public administration emphasis) from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL; and a PhD in higher education (administration) from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.