Dr. Arnold Hillman has been associated with Bright Futures Unlimited, a consulting and advocacy firm devoted to bringing schools and communities together to solve local problems. As with all his efforts on behalf of schools and the communities they serve, Dr. Hillman brings a particular “can-do” approach to his work. He has been successful over the past thirty five years in marshalling the forces of rural communities in an intense effort at bootstrapping. Bright Futures helped to create the McKelvey and Lenfest Foundations. Each of these foundations is/was engaged in providing scholarships to poor rural students. The McKelvey Foundation operated in three states; New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Arnold won the 2002 Rural Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools. The award is now named after him.He is presently plying his trade in South Carolina, where he is helping to establish a rural schools organization and mentoring students at a local rural high school.
“ ARNOLD HILLMAN IS ONE OF THE LEADING ADVOCATES FOR RURAL PEOPLE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA".
CONGRESSMAN JOHN E. PETERSON (RET)
5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
“ WHEN YOU MENTION ARNIE HILLMAN’S NAME IN ANY PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PEOPLE KNOW THAT HE STANDS FOR FAIRNESS TO RURAL PEOPLE".
SENATOR JAMES J. RHOADES, FORMER CHAIRMAN.
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
"DR. ARNOLD HILLMAN WAS THE CORNERSTONE IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA AS AN ADVOCATE OF SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS. HIS DEDICATION AND HIS ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH LEGISLATORS PROVIDED SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO HELP THEM EDUCATE STUDENTS. HIS BOUNDLESS ENERGY AND COMMITMENT AS AN EDUCATOR, ENHANCED RURAL SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA".
DR. EDWARD ALBERT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL AND SMALL SCHOOLS
“ARNOLD HILLMAN HAS DONE MORE FOR OUR PENNSYLVANIA RURAL SCHOOLS THAN ANY PERSON I KNOW. HIS DEDICATION TO OUR CHILDREN IS EXCEPTIONAL AND HE PROVIDES A VOICE TO THOSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHO NEED IT THE MOST. HE IS DEDICATED, HARD WORKING, AND COMPASSIONATE ABOUT HIS MISSION FOR EDUCATION".
REPRESENTATIVE DONNA OBERLANDER
REPUBLICAN CAUCUS SECRETARY, HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
“I HAVE KNOWN AND WORKED WITH ARNOLD AND CAROL HILLMAN FOR WELL OVER 30 YEARS, PRIMARILY WHILE I WAS THE CHIEF LOBBYIST AND LATER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION. THEIR COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION – AND, IN PARTICULAR THEIR ADVOCACY FOR RURAL SCHOOLS AND THE CHILDREN WHO ATTEND THEM – HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY".
TOM GENTZEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO
NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
“ARNOLD HILLMAN IS A DEDICATED, FERVENT, COMMITED ADVOCATE FOR RURAL EDUCATION.”
REP. JAMES ROEBUCK, CHAIR(D)
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
He earned his B.A. at Queens College, his M.A.s at the New School for Social Research and Temple University and his Doctorate at Lehigh University. He has been a teacher, social worker, employment counselor, manufacturer of storage containers, athletic director, human relations coordinator, assistant high school principal, junior high school principal, superintendent of schools, the executive director of an intermediate unit, a consultant, arbitrator and advocate.
His professional accomplishments include; creating an economic development program for rural areas, operating the largest preschool (handicapped) program in the state, creating a distance education program, spearheading the equity suit seeking equal funding for poor and rural school districts, organizing and presenting financial seminars for school districts across the state, acting as an advisor to the Pennsylvania Association of Rural And Small Schools,creating scholarship programs for rural students, creating a statewide network to reform school funding. Dr. Hillman is widely recognized as an expert in school finance and as an advocate for rural people. He has been a frequent presenter at national conferences, and has paid his debt to society by being a guest on many radio talk shows, and t.v. programs. He insists that all children are entitled to a quality education and he believes that local people, when given the chance, can make the right decisions for their schools and communities.