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Naval Academy Academic Dean and Provost Reappointed

Posted on: February 14, 2013 08:00 EST

Press Release #: 012-13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Naval Academy announced today 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 Admiral 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, 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 the 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. In 2004 he became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 23 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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