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Phillip W. Conn

2002 - 2005



Dr. Phillip W. Conn was born in Decatur, Alabama in 1942. His parents soon relocated the family to Cleveland, Tennessee where Dr. Conn graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1960. Dr. Conn attended Berea College in Kentuck, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1963.

Dr. Conn was named Associate Director of Appalachian Volunteers by the Council of Southern Mountains in Kentucky, in 1964. In 1965, he was a Field Representative for Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) in Washington, D.C. In 1966, Dr. Conn attended school in Hooland, where he received a diploma in Social Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Dr. Conn returned from Holland to Berea College as Director of Alumni Affairs and Placement Director in 1968. During this time, Dr. Conn enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed the requirements for a Master of Arts in Sociology in 1972. After his Masters, Dr. Conn was the Research Specialist and, later, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.

In 1977, Dr. Conn was hired as Vice President of Research and Development for Morehead State University in Kentucky. Later, Dr. Conn would become Vice President for University and Regional Services at MSU. Dr. Conn attended the University of Southern California (USC) while serving as Vice President of MSU, and received a Masters in Public Administration in 1982. In 1985, Dr. Conn was Vice President for University Advancement at Central Missouri State University (CMSU) at Warrensburg, Missouri. Dr. Conn earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from USC in 1991, while serving as a Vice President at CMSU.

In 1994, Dr. Conn was hired as President of Dickinson State University (DSU) in Dickinson, North Dakota. Dr. Conn left DSU in 1998 to accepted the Chancellorship at the University of Tennessee at Martin. After two years in Martin, Dr. Conn accepted the Presidency at Western Oregon University (WOU) in 2002. Dr. Conn retired as President of WOU in March of 2005, and John Minahan was hired as interim President to replace Dr. Conn.

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