Calvin Phillips named associate vice president, student affairs at Eastern Michigan University

by Walter Kraft, Published May 02, 2014

Calvin Phillips, D.Ed.

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has named Calvin Phillips, D.Ed., associate vice president, student affairs, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents.

Phillips currently serves as vice president for student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At Eastern, he will provide leadership and management of several offices that plan and administer non-academic and co-curricular aspects of the student experience. These efforts are focused on engaging and advancing student development, learning, student retention and the overall success of Eastern Michigan University’s more than 23,000 students. 

In his new role, Phillips’ responsibilities will include overseeing housing and residence life; student well-being; new student orientation and campus life; student conduct; international student services; diversity and community involvement; and, the Children’s Institute.

Phillips will report to Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Kim Schatzel. His annual salary will be $133,000. His appointment is effective June 16, 2014.

“Calvin Phillips brings an outstanding background and demonstrated leadership in all aspects of students affairs to Eastern Michigan University,” said Schatzel. “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.”

Phillips said, “I have spent my entire career working in higher education supporting students and trying to make a positive difference in their lives. 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.”

In his current role at Northern State University, Phillips oversees all areas that involve the transition and engagement of students. From 2009-2012, he was associate vice president of student affairs/dean of students at The University of Texas-Pan American. From 2006-2009, he was associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Winston-Salem State University, where he also served as adjunct professor. From 2003-2006, he was assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa. 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.

Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Phillips is from Pennsylvania. He is married to Sharia Phillips and has five children, ranging in age from 6 to 18.


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Walter Kraft


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