is the Executive Director (staring July 1, 2021) of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Executive Director and previously as the Director of Policy Analysis & Research and Director of Institutional Research. Dr. Phillips began working at the Association in 2008. In his role at MACC, he has worked with the Presidents at each Maryland community college and their senior leadership teams on policy proposals, strategy, and legislative priorities. He also represents MACC during the Maryland General Assembly and testifies on legislative issues.
Over the past 13 years, he has represented community colleges on various statewide taskforces, committees, and workgroups. His work at MACC has also led to many successful policy initiatives and coalitions, such as the Maryland Math Reform Initiative First in the World Grant, the Lumina Productivity Grant and Complete College America Completion Innovation Challenge Grant. His knowledge on higher education and the role community colleges play in achieving social and economic productivity have made him a passionate and trusted advocate for the segment as well as programs that support access, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to working at MACC, he has served in a variety of roles at the Maryland Higher Education Commission, including finance policy and financial aid. Altogether, he has over 20 years of experience in higher education policy at the State level. He received his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and received a Bachelor’s of the Arts in English from Southern Adventist University.