Calvin Phillips named Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Calvin Phillips

Calvin Phillips is Eastern Michigan University’s new Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents.

“I look forward to meeting all the students and see how I can play a role in helping them have a great experience at Eastern Michigan University,” Phillips said.

Phillips earned a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as vice president for student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

In a news release sent from the university, it was reported that Phillips’ responsibilities will include overseeing residential life and housing, student well-being, new student orientation and campus life, student conduct, international student services, diversity and community involvement, and the Children’s Institute.

According to Phillips, the student body will be gaining an approachable administrator who is willing to listen to them with his hiring. He believes he is a person who focuses on how to create opportunities that will support the growth and development of students.

“This is the right place for my wife, our family and me,” Phillips said. “There are a large number of Universities in the area, so we hope my wife will have an opportunity to continue her career as well and use her doctorate in Curriculum Instruction. Working at EMU also allows us to relocate near our families which is important to us.”

Phillips will earn $133,000 annually in his new position. He will report directly to Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Kim Schatzel. His appointment is effective June 16.

“Calvin Phillips brings an outstanding background and demonstrated leadership in all aspects of students affairs to Eastern Michigan University,” Schatzel said in a news release. “The addition of Calvin to our team further strengthens our efforts to engage and support students at all levels, and to provide our students with the programs and services they need for optimal success.”

Besides his current role at Northern State University, Phillips has an extensive resume in higher education.He was associate vice president of student affairs/dean of students at The University of Texas-Pan American from 2009-2012. From 2006-2009, he was associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Winston-Salem State University.

He served as an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa from 2003-2006. From 2000-2003 he was director of the academic success program at Shippensburg University, where he also served as counselor in the program from 1993-2000. From 1990-1993, he held several student support positions at Slippery Rock University, including coordinator of residential education.

“I have spent my entire career working in higher education supporting students and trying to make a positive difference in their lives,” Phillips said. “I am excited to join Eastern Michigan University and to partner with the entire community to foster and enhance initiatives, practices and policies supporting Eastern students.”


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