About the President

Dianna Phillips earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. Before attending graduate school, she graduated from National University in San Diego with a B.B.A. in Business. Additionally, she earned an A.G.S. degree from Chaminade University in Hawaii while serving as a communications specialist in the United States Navy.

Prior to joining Harford Community College, Dr. Phillips served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Dr. Phillips has previously held senior positions at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey and Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. She began her career in higher education when she served as the Base Coordinator for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s workforce development program at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Phillips is an accomplished academic leader with over twenty years’ experience as a CEO, executive vice president, dean, department director, professor, strategic planner, collaborator, and visionary. She is a staunch community college advocate and believes that a community college exists to serve its students, its community, and as a welcoming environment for scholarship and collegiality for its faculty, staff, administrators, and Board members.

A native of West Virginia, Dr. Phillips loves to read, ride her bike, and take photographs. She is a fan of Star Trek, which she thinks provides excellent lessons in leadership, honor, and integrity.

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