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MTSU professor 'delighted' to be permanent Honors College associate dean

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Published on Feb 13, 2014

Veteran English professor Philip Phillips recently accepted MTSU's offer to become the permanent associate dean in the University Honors College.

"I can think of no place on this campus I would rather be than the Honors College," Phillips said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve as associate dean and to work with such fantastic students, faculty and staff. It's a wonderful community of learning."

Honors Dean John Vile said Phillips has "done an extraordinary job for three successive years" and that "he's perfect" for the job. "He's a good teacher, good scholar and he already knows the job."

Phillips, the lone on-campus applicant, was among 19 candidates for the job.

"We had five that we interviewed by phone," Vile said of the hiring committee, "and when we got done, everyone said we got at least four out of the five who would be great associate deans, but we have someone here who's now in his third year of doing it as a one-year position, why don't we offer it to him? That sounded wise to me and to the people above me, and so that's what we did."

Vile added Phillips had "done an extraordinary job" in coordinating the fall and spring Honors Lecture Series, he provided innovative ideas for the new Honors College transfer scholarship and a number of other things.

For more about the Honors College, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/index.php.

For more news at MTSU, visit http://www.mtsunews.com.

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