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Associate Vice Chancellor Andrew Phillips Accepts Position at Naval Academy

RELEASED: April 15, 2009

Dr. Andrew Phillips
Dr. Andrew Phillips

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Andrew Phillips, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been named academic dean and provost at the United States Naval Academy.

"UW-Eau Claire is a wonderful place, and I've been most fortunate to live and work here with so many terrific people," Phillips said. "The opportunity to serve as Navy's next academic dean and provost offers me a great challenge, and it provides me with a chance to return to the institution that, in large measure, has shaped me as a person and as a leader. For that I am most grateful."

Phillips' first teaching position was as assistant professor in the Naval Academy's computer science department from 1988-1993; in 1993, he was awarded tenure and served as an associate professor in the department until 1998. In 1996, he also served as a visiting associate professor in the department of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 1998, Phillips left the Naval Academy to assume the position of professor and chair of the computer science department at UW-Eau Claire. Since 2004, he has served as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and the dean of Graduate Studies.

"If you look carefully at any of the significant initiatives coming out of Academic Affairs in recent years, you see Andy Phillips’s handiwork in every direction," said Dr. Marty Wood, UW-Eau Claire interim provost. "Andy has consistently worked to bring fresh thinking, leading-edge practices, and significant improvements to the work of the university."

Phillips, who will assume his new position in July, will be responsible for the entire academic program for the 4,300-member Brigade of Midshipmen, oversee 560 faculty members and serve as the primary source of information and advice for the superintendent regarding the education of Midshipmen.

In 1984, Phillips received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from the Pennsylvania State University. He earned master's and doctorate degrees in computer and information science from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

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