OU-Chillicothe Names Associate Dean

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Ohio University-Chillicothe has named Brenda Phillips as associate dean.

According to a news release, Phillips will serve as the chief academic officer for the campus.

"I am pleased that Brenda Phillips is joining the campus in this important position that provides direction in terms of academic programming and student services as well as positioning faculty members to excel in their pursuits," OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. "She has ideal professional credentials and personal qualifications. As a long-time faculty member and renowned researcher, Dr. Phillips understands the value of exceptional teaching, which is the backbone of the Chillicothe Campus educational experience. She also has outstanding administrative skills, and she is adept at leading people of various backgrounds and skill sets toward common goals while basing decisions on what best aligns with the campus' strategic objectives.

Since 2004 Phillips has served at Oklahoma State University as the graduate student coordinator and professor in the Fire and Emergency Program. From 2001 to 2004 she was a professor and director of the Emergency Preparedness Applied Research Center at Jacksonville State University in Alabama

Phillips has also taught at Texas Women’s University, Southern Methodist University and Maryville College.

Phillips earned her doctoral and master degrees in sociology from Ohio State University.

"I am excited to return to my home state of Ohio to repay the investment the taxpayers made in my education," Phillips said. "I look forward to working with and for the students, staff and faculty of OU-Chillicothe and to becoming a member of the community. OU-Chillicothe is an important institution that supports students on their path toward a career. With a mission dedicated to a diverse set of students, OU-C makes a difference not only for students but also for the broader workforce. OU-C's purposeful environment is what attracted me to the campus and to Ross County and I think it is a great fit."

Phillips is a native of Mt. Gilead, Ohio.