In January 2013, Toni Phillips became interim assistant dean for Southeastern's College of Business. Appointed by Dean Randy Settoon, Phillips' role will include helping the College prepare for its re-accreditation process, assisting the dean with new initiatives and handling some day-to-day administrative issues to allow the dean to focus on other priorities.
The College is re-accredited every 5 years by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
"Toni is the right person to help lead the college into the future," said Settoon. "We're focused on providing our students with opportunities to combine the business theory they learn in the classroom with hands-on applications, and we're connecting our faculty and students on a daily basis with external businesses. Toni has the skills and experience to help us foster those relationships."
Phillips came to Southeastern as an assistant professor of Management in the summer of 1990 and has been a member of the faculty ever since, working her way through the ranks and being named interim department head of the Department of General Business (now the Department of Management and Business Administration) in the fall of 2006.
"I really enjoyed being department head, and I had wonderful faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers," she said. "But I did want to do anything I could to help the college, and I also like change and a challenge. I feel honored that the dean has confidence in me to fill this role."
Phillips completed her Ph.D. in Management (Organizational Behavior) at Louisiana State University, her MBA at the University of South Alabama and her undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Alabama.