Dr. Carol Phillips retired from Millersville University after serving as a member of the faculty and staff for over twenty years, as professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, and subsequently as Associate Provost and Executive Assistant to the President. As Associate Provost, Dr. Phillips provided leadership for General Education, the Freshman Year Experience, and International Affairs, as well as for the Offices of Admissions, Registration, Community & Academic Partnerships, and Professional Training & Education. Prior to joining the Millersville community, Dr. Phillips was employed at St. Joseph Hospital for fifteen years, where she served as a faculty member and, for eleven years, as Director of the School of Nursing. In spring 2014, she was tapped for service by the United Way of Lancaster County and served as Interim President and CEO of the organization while a national search was conducted for a permanent CEO.
A nurse researcher, Dr. Phillips has maintained a strong record of scholarship on an array of broad curricular issues and nursing practice. In her academic leadership role, she has co-authored over fifteen papers, presentations, and workshops on the freshman year experience and learning communities, highlighting the University’s experiences in implementing a holistic living/learning community for entering freshmen, that includes service-learning and co-curricular requirements.
Dr. Phillips is highly committed to community service, serving for seventeen years on the Manheim Central School District Board of Directors, including twelve years as chairperson. She has been actively engaged with the United Way of Lancaster County for over twenty years, serving as a board member and board chair, as a founding member of the Women’s Council, and as a member of the Leadership Team of the United Way of Lancaster County’s Success by Six Program for many years. She maintains membership on United Way’s Community Impact Committee since its inception and was instrumental in the adoption of the new funding model. She also chairs the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Phillips was elected as a member of the Lancaster County Government Study Commission, which she chaired throughout its duration. She is a member of The Hourglass, a community think tank, and currently serves as Vice President.
Additional professional leadership activities included membership on the Visiting Nurses Association of Lancaster County Board of Directors for twenty years, six as board chair. She serves the Lancaster General Health System currently as chair of The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health and as a member of the system’s Quality Committee and Institutional Review Board, and has been a board member of the hospital in the past. And, she has been actively engaged with the Partnership for Public Health since its inception.