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 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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