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Calvin Phillips named Northern's vice president of student affairs

​Dr. Calvin D. Phillips is Northern State University’s new vice president of
student affairs.

Phillips, 47, most recently was associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Previous positions for Phillips were in higher education in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Iowa.


He holds a doctoral degree in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a master’s in college student personnel from Slippery Rock University; and a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies from Oklahoma State University.

The Mercer, Pa., native was hired after a nationwide search. His predecessor, Rhoda Smith, accepted a position elsewhere this summer.

At Northern, Phillips is to ensure student needs are identified and met. He said he’s looking forward to seeing students grow and develop.

Phillips and his wife, Sharia, have four sons: Keegan, 8; Cole, 7; Caden, 6; and Collin, 5. Phillips’ daughter, Shania, 16, lives in Indianapolis.

Phillips said he likes the lifestyle and friendly people of the Midwest. Coming from a school with more than 19,000 students, Phillips was attracted by the size of Northern, where he anticipates the opportunity to build closer relationships with students and colleagues.