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Naval Academy Academic Dean and Provost Reappointed

Posted on: February 14, 2013 08:00 EST by Naval Academy Public Affairs

The Naval Academy announced Feb. 14 that Dr. Andrew T. Phillips has been reappointed as the academy’s Academic Dean and Provost, extending his term through July 31, 2017. Phillips has served in this position since July 2009. 

The Academic Dean and Provost is responsible for the rigorous academic program for the 4,400-member Brigade of Midshipmen, overseeing more than 560 faculty members and serving as the primary source of information and advice for the superintendent regarding the education of midshipmen. 

“This extension is in recognition of Dean Phillips’ outstanding leadership of the Naval Academy's academic programs and of my confidence in his continued contributions to the mission of the United States Naval Academy,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller.

Since his arrival to the Naval Academy, Phillips has made significant contributions to academic development at the academy. He has overseen the addition of a new academic major in operations research and two new core courses in cyber operations. He has worked to increase the percentage of students graduating in technical majors while also increasing graduating rates to an all-time high of 88 percent and is working to develop the proposed construction of an academic cyber center at the academy.

Phillips was the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before arriving at the Naval Academy.

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

Phillips’ first teaching position was as an 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 1998, Phillips left the Naval Academy to assume the position of professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

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