Eddie Phillips currently serves as the vice president of academic and student affairs at Kennedy-King. As vice president, Phillips provides academic oversight to KKC’s 59 academic programs as well as the colleges accreditation and compliance efforts. Vice President Phillips has been with Kennedy-King College seven years and worked for the City Colleges of Chicago for 12 years. Before becoming the vice president, Phillips served as the dean of instruction where he supported faculty, academic programming and managed an instructional budget of $7.5 million. Phillips also served as the associate dean of Dawson Technical Institute as well as the associate dean of instruction, overseeing career technical education programs and providing administrative and academic leadership to the colleges applied science programs. In this role, Phillips also provided assessment and compliance support to four programs with specialized accreditation, assisted with managing a combined operational budget of $2.5 million, as well as directly managed two federal grants with a total annual award of $988,000. He has also teaches sociology courses part-time at Harold Washington college.
Phillips has also served in various roles at Northern Illinois University, Malcolm X College, and Rush University Medical Center in the capacities of residence hall operations director, academic advisor, assistant director of financial aid, and registrar. Phillips holds a Bachelors and Masters of Arts in sociology from Northern Illinois University. Eddie is currently completing his Doctorate of Education in higher education – community college leadership from Northern Illinois University.
Michael Scott Brick currently serves as a senior research analyst for applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). His research interests include higher education in prison and the civic engagement of currently and formerly incarcerated students.
Brick has spent his entire professional career in education, policy, and student affairs. With experience in college admissions, student services, and prison instruction, his commitment to expanding postsecondary opportunities for all individuals has served as the foundation for his career and life. Brick has taught leadership studies at the University of Maryland and taught a variety of subjects at correctional institutions in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Brick holds a B.A. in educational policy from New York University, a M.Ed. in higher education administration from Baruch College, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in student affairs at the University of Maryland, where his dissertation focuses on how currently and formerly incarcerated students learn about and engage with concepts of civic engagement throughout their studies.