Mrs. Hilda Hicks
Hilda Hicks is the founder and Executive Director of Dillard Academy Charter School. She is a graduate of J. T. Barber High School in New Bern NC and Shaw University in Raleigh. One of The first thirteen Black claims representatives for the Social Security Administration in the southeastern region of the U.S., Mrs. Hicks completed a 30-year career as regional manager in 1996. In 1996 and 1997 she served as director of a federal jobs program which trained 34 low income individuals as Certified Nursing Assistants and construction industry interns. In 1998 she opened Dillard Academy and has served as its chief executive officer since. She has provided oversight to the school as it has grown from a student population of 75 to a current population of over 250 students. In the community, Mrs. Hicks has served as chair of the WAGES Foster Grandparent Program Advisory Council, chair of the Wayne County Council on Aging, chair of the Federal Women's Program, and chair of the Goldsboro Education Foundation. She chaired the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Goldsboro City Board of Education before becoming chair person of the merged Goldsboro/Wayne County School Board. She also served a member of the Wayne County Public Library board of directors.