James O. Hill, PhD, announced on Friday, March 18, that he is stepping down as executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, effective immediately.
“It has been an honor serving in this role over the last 4 years and I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the center,” Hill said. “This was a difficult decision but I feel the need to devote more time to the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center and to my own research in weight management and behavior change.“
A committee appointed by School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, will conduct a national search for Hill’s successor. The committee is led by the School’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Peter Buttrick, MD.
Reilly expressed appreciation to Hill, a professor of pediatrics and medicine, for his service in helping launch the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and said that Hill’s field of work is important for personal health and society.
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers fitness and health programs that are integrated with scientific research to develop healthy individuals and communities. The center is designed to support collaboration by experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise physiology, obesity and weight management and behavior change.
The center, which was established in 2008 with a gift from The Anschutz Foundation, offers exercise programs, a fitness center, a nutrition lab, cooking classes, a restaurant, seminars, summer camps and worksite wellness programs.