McLennan board of trustees names new vice president

McLennan Community College
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:48am

The McLennan Community College Board of Trustees has named Phil Rhodes, Ph.D., as the new vice president of research, effectiveness and information technology. He will start at the college on May 6. Rhodes will replace Paul Illich, Ph.D., who has accepted the president’s position at Southeast Community College in Nebraska.

Rhodes comes from Houston Baptist University, where he has served as the director/senior director of institutional research and effectiveness since 2007. From 1998-2006, he was a senior research analyst at Baylor University and, prior to that, worked in Waco as an independent consultant, Baylor lecturer and statistical consultant.

His work interests include enrollment and retention forecasting, data warehousing, SAS programming, and personal productivity.

Rhodes has a Ph.D. in statistics, M.S. in mathematics and B.S. in mathematical science — all from Baylor University. In addition to conference presentations at the Texas Association for Institutional Research and Statistical Analysis System (SAS) User's Group International, Dr. Rhodes has been an invited speaker on email management and productivity around the Houston area.

Rhodes and his wife, Cori (also a graduate of Baylor), have one daughter, Rebecca. His interests include Word War II history, science fiction, woodworking and softball. The Rhodes family is a member of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, where Phil sings tenor in the adult choir and helps teach the 4th and 5th grade children's choir. He also volunteers as an assistant coach for Rebecca's softball team.


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