The Brookdale community officially said goodbye to the college’s second-in-command on Oct. 30, as Dr. Dianna Phillips attended her final board meeting as a Brookdalian.
After more than three years of service as Brookdale’s vice president of educational services, Phillips will move on to her new role as chief executive officer at the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College.
Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy joined the college’s Board of Trustees in thanking Phillips for her hard work and lasting contributions as Brookdale’s chief academic officer. The board passed an official resolution of recognition for her service before wishing her continued success in the nation’s capitol.
Murphy jokingly listed all of the new duties Phillips will face now as a top college administrator, but said she is confident Brookdale’s former V.P. will continue to exceed expectations.
“I commend you as well,” Phillips said, accepting a framed copy of the board’s resolution in front of a large audience in the Student Life Center. “You are some of the finest faculty and staff I have ever worked with. It has been an honor and a privilege … I will hang this proudly in my new office on Northeast Capital Street.”
The board also approved the temporary appointment of Dr. Richard Fulton to serve as interim vice president while a national search is conducted for Dr. Phillips’ permanent replacement.
Fulton, a retired college administrator with nearly 40 years of experience, most recently worked as vice chancellor for instruction at Windward Community College in Hawaii from 2008 to 2013.
His temporary appointment will begin on Nov. 1 and run through June 30, 2015.