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Phillips Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 15, 2008

Dr. Andrew Phillips
Dr. Andrew Phillips

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Andrew Phillips has been named associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Phillips has served in the position on an interim basis since 2004.

"Andy has done a tremendous job in the interim position," Provost Steve Tallant said. "He has established himself as a leader on campus and in the community. I am confident his experience, knowledge and many talents make him the best person for this job."

Phillips said he is honored to continue to serve UW-Eau Claire as the associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies.

"It's been a great four years and I'm sure there is more to come," Phillips said. "I'm eager to help support our faculty, staff and students in any way possible. UW-Eau Claire is a terrific place filled with exceptional people. I can't imagine a better job or place to work."

As associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Phillips's duties will include assisting in personnel matters and work with deans and chairs on administration of the unclassified pay plan; overseeing select programs and units including McIntyre Library and Continuing Education; overseeing academic program reviews; and helping develop new graduate and certificate programs.

As dean of graduate studies, Phillips' responsibilities will include advocating for graduate programs; chairing the Graduate Council; administering the Graduate Studies budget; and overseeing the graduate faculty.

Phillips came to UW-Eau Claire in 1998 as a professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department. In that position, he was instrumental in developing curriculum for new computer engineering and software engineering programs; helped develop and secure funding for new labs, workshops and scholarships; helped secure a $4.5 million gift to support computer science programs and initiatives; and helped increase faculty research and grant writing.

Prior to joining the UW-Eau Claire faculty, Phillips was an associate professor of computer science at the United States Naval Academy from 1993-98 and an assistant professor of computer science there from 1988-93. He was a visiting associate professor in the department of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1996.

The honors Phillips received include being named one of Eau Claire's 100 Most Creative People in 2007; a Wisconsin Idea Fellow in 2004; a San Diego Supercomputer Center Senior Fellow in 1995-2000; and a Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Research Fellow in 1991-94.

Phillips earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics/computer science from The Pennsylvania State University, his master's degree and Ph.D. in computer and information science from University of Minnesota.

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