College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Calvin Phillips

  • Affiliate Faculty; Vice President for Student Affairs

Calvin Phillips

Areas of interest

Student Affairs
Strategic Leadership


D.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Administration and Leadership Studies
M.A., Slippery Rock University, Student Personnel
B.S., Oklahoma State University, Secondary Education Social Studies



Calvin D. Phillips, D. Ed. is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and serves as the chief student affairs officer of the University of Minnesota multi-campus system. Calvin provides strategic leadership for the 20 units and more than 500 employees that comprise the Office for Student Affairs on the Twin Cities campus. He is a part of the University’s executive leadership team and works collaboratively in this capacity to advance the university’s mission and strategic plan. He began in this role at UMN on March 1, 2021. 

 Prior to his current role, Calvin served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He had leadership responsibility at EMU for housing and residence life, student well-being, new student orientation and campus life, student conduct, international student services, diversity and community involvement, and the Children’s Institute. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan, he served as vice president for student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Calvin has also held positions at the University of Texas-Pan American, Winston-Salem State University, University of Northern Iowa, Shippensburg University, and Slippery Rock University.

 Calvin earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University, and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 He has held many leadership roles in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and currently serves on the prestigious James E. Scott Academy Board. Calvin also serves on Student Affairs planning and programming committees for the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

 Calvin is the father of five children, and was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Sharia, have been married for 25 years