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Distinguished Scholar Kimberley L. Phillips
Appointed Mills College Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Oakland, CA–May 30, 2013 Mills College is pleased to announce the appointment of distinguished scholar, lecturer, and administrator Kimberley L. Phillips as provost and dean of the faculty, effective July 1, 2013.

Phillips currently serves as the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. While overseeing 207 full-time faculty and more than 900 adjuncts, she has provided advocacy for faculty and support for resources. Her notable accomplishments include work on curricular innovation and assessment programs, interdisciplinary programs, and faculty governance.

“After an intensive search of exceptionally qualified candidates, we are thrilled to have Kimberley Phillips join Mills as provost and dean of the faculty,” said Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux. “Dr. Phillips approaches her work with a candid, transparent leadership style that honors innovation and supports collegiality. With her strong record of teaching and her significant administrative experience, she will play an integral role in the Mills tradition of intellectual exploration and experimentation.”

Phillips holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of California, San Diego, as well both a master and doctorate in philosophy in American studies from Yale University.

As a scholar of African American and 20th-century US history, her most recent award-winning publication, War, What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Phillips is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her numerous fellowships and awards include selection as a fellow of the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.

As a faculty member at the College of William and Mary for nearly 15 years, Phillips advanced through numerous administrative positions. She was director of American studies and worked to stabilize funding for graduate students and globalize the curriculum, ultimately leading the program into the top-ten rankings. In addition, she served as Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings associate professor of history and American studies for several years. Phillips served for two years as dean for educational policy in the Arts and Sciences Program. In that role she oversaw undergraduate curriculum, student research, the Study Abroad Program, and the Freshman Writing Seminar. As dean of eight academic departments, Phillips played significant roles in strategic planning efforts, administration, and fundraising for various programs.

“I look forward to working with the Mills faculty, students, and staff to further the Mills mission of providing outstanding education for leadership to undergraduate women while continuing innovative graduate programs for both women and men,” said Phillips.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 7/3/13