Pima Community College has announced Morgan Phillips as the new president of its Desert Vista Campus.
Phillips takes the helm of the campus following the retirement of the previous campus president, Johnson Bia, after an internal investigation found Bia had acted inappropriately towards female employees. Vice President of Instruction Ted Roush has been acting president of the campus since Bia’s retirement was announced May 1.
Phillips has served as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, N.C. since 2012, according to a press release from Pima.
“Morgan comes to PCC with extensive experience in accreditation, strategic planning and forging partnerships with business and industry,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said. “His familiarity with efforts to improve educational outcomes and the use of online technology to enhance student learning will make him a welcome addition to our leadership team.”
Phillips holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida, a Master and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and associate degrees from Brevard Community College and Blue Ridge Community College.
“As a community college graduate, I have a close personal understanding of the transformative role institutions like Pima can play in our students’ lives,” Phillips said. “My top priority as a community college administrator is to make sure we provide our students with the programs and services they need to realize their dreams.”
He will take over on Aug. 14, following approval by Pima’s governing board.