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Susan Phillips Named UAlbany Provost

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Susan Phillips

University at Albany Provost Susan Phillips. (Photo MarkSchmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 13, 2009) -- Susan Phillips has been named University at Albany Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Phillips had previously served as the university's Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Dean of the School of Education.

Phillips earned her bachelorís degree in human biology at Stanford University and doctorate in counseling psychology at Columbia University.  An internationally recognized scholar in vocational psychology, her work has focused on decision-making and career development. She has also been instrumental in creating cross-disciplinary initiatives, including developing research capacity for university-community partnerships through the University at Albany's NIH-sponsored Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, and leading public-private partnerships designed to study best practice in schools.

"I am confident that Dr. Phillips will continue to provide the steadfast leadership and commitment necessary to move forward the University's academic vision and strategic priorities with great insight and rigor, coupled with a collegial and cooperative spirit," said UAlbany Interim President George M. Philip.

Phillips joined the university's faculty in 1979, and remains a professor of counseling psychology. She is the recipient of the Holland Award for outstanding research in career and personality psychology, the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Cooperative Leadership Award from the National School Development Council. A Fellow in the American Psychological Association, her work has appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and The Counseling Psychologist.

Phillips, active in promoting excellence in academic programs and professional practice, has led the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation - one of the largest accrediting agencies in the nation. She also chairs the Joint Designation Committee of the National Register/American Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and has  served on the executive boards of the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, the Hudson Mohawk Regional School Support Center, and the Capital Area School Development Association.  She was also appointed by the New York Board of Regents to their policy advisory group, the Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching, in 2005, and continues to serve on this board.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a licensed psychologist, and was named the 1998 Distinguished Psychologist by the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York.

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