My Story

As the Director of Adventure Programs, I bring 40 years of experience and a passion for working with people in the outdoors. I am from New Zealand, where I began my outdoor career as a raft guide, before I joined the Cobham Outward Bound School as a field instructor, then moved into the role of Chief Instructor for the school. I then went on to travel extensively working for a variety of outdoor education and recreation organizations, and adventuring throughout the world. Eventually, this brought me to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I have gained a wealth of local knowledge living and working in the mountains since the mid-1990s.

I came to Warren Wilson in the spring of 2011 and find my work with the students to be very rewarding, as I enjoy supporting them in their growth as human beings and development as outdoor leaders. I enjoy being part of the Warren Wilson learning community where I am consistently challenged to grow and learn myself. Getting outside to move our bodies and enjoy the outdoors is a vital part of our overall well-being, and contributes to our individual health and that of our college community.

Bruce Hills stands smiling in front of foliage on Warren Wilson's Campus.
Bruce Hills stands smiling with his family with the beautiful backdrop of Glacier National Park.


  • Graduate Diploma in Recreation Management, Lincoln University
  • M.A.S. in Outdoor Recreation Management, Lincoln University

Research Interests

  • Outdoor recreation and it's meaning to people and their identity

Courses Taught

  • ODL 1280: Orienteering

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervise the Adventure Programs work crew
  • Staff mentor for the climbing, paddling and aerials clubs

Contact Bruce Hills

Bryson Gym
WWC CPO 6156

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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