The Hill School of Wilmington Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

Updated: Oct 27

Wilmington, NC. The Hill School of Wilmington announced this week the appointment of two members to their board of directors, Dr. Bruce Arné and Dr. Cathy Barlow. This brings the total number of board members to 12.


Dr. Bruce Arné graduated from Appalachian State University where he attended on an Athletic Scholarship in soccer. From ASU he went on to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for graduate school where he finished his Master of Science degree in Audiology. Dr. Arné then went on to graduate with a DDS degree from the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and was then accepted into the UNC-CH Department of Anesthesiology as a resident. In 2002, Dr. Arné moved to Wilmington where he established his Oral and Maxillofacial practice. In the early years of being in private practice, he held an adjunct associate professor position in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UNC-CH; he was appointed as a team doctor for the UNC-W Athletic department; and elected President of the Board of Directors for the Cape Fear Soccer Association. He was also appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons disaster relief team.


Dr. Cathy Barlow has been a leader in education for more than 45 years. She began her career as a special education teacher and held leadership positions in K-12 schools for 21 years before moving into higher education. She joined UNCW as Dean of Education in 2000, after serving as a professor, department chair and dean at two universities. She went on to serve as UNCW Provost and returned from retirement in 2015 to serve an additional two years as Interim Vice Provost during a period of transition at UNCW. During her tenure as dean, Watson College earned regional, state, and national recognition as a leader in education. She oversaw significant growth in programs including: the introduction of a doctorate in education; enhanced community engagement with schools, businesses and community organizations; and the construction of the Education Building, home to a regional resource center and the North Carolina Teacher Legacy Hall.