Associate Provost Phillips Named a Trustee of College Accreditation Body

December 15, 2009 — E. Clorisa Phillips, associate provost for institutional effectiveness at the University of Virginia, will begin a three-year term in January as a trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

She was nominated for the post by U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, who served as a trustee and board chairman in the 1990s.

Casteen said Phillips' appointment is important not only to U.Va., but also to its peer institutions. U.Va. is among only 10 of the 800 SACS schools that also are part of the Association of American Universities, or AAU, and one of only 22 classified by the Carnegie Foundation as research universities with high activity.

"It is important to U.Va. and other major research universities in the 11 southeastern states to have active representation on the board of trustees in order to influence policymaking," Casteen said. "Clo will bring an important and experienced voice to the board."

She will be one of five members from Virginia institutions.

Phillips began her U.Va. career in 1978 as assistant dean of admission. Over 30 years she has worked in a variety of offices, including serving on the TIAA/CREF national advisory council and developing a variety of arts and international initiatives at U.Va. She became associate provost in 2002.

She has held numerous appointments to state, regional and national advisory groups, committees, review teams and working groups. She regularly advises other institutions and is active with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Research Extensive Universities SACS Liaison Group, and the Instructional Programs Advisory Committee of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.

Phillips has a bachelor's degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in education from U.Va.

About the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The mission of SACS, headquartered in Decatur, Ga., is the improvement of higher education in the South through accreditation. The Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. The membership comprises institutions in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.