Mari Anne Phillips, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Life

Dr. Mari Anne Phillips has had the privilege of experiencing Cottey College’s positive influence on students from three perspectives: as a former student, as a member of Cottey’s Executive Team and as a Cottey mom.

“I am a proud 1976 graduate of Cottey College. I came to Cottey from Las Vegas, Nevada, having learned about it from my best friend’s mother who was a P.E.O. Returning to Cottey was the best career decision that I ever made. Cottey has been such a large part of my life, including being the Alma Mater for my two daughters. I love working in higher education and at Cottey. It is such a hopeful and empowering environment. In my position, each day is new and different, and filled with opportunity. I am blessed to work with great students, staff and faculty, and it is rewarding to play some small part in helping young women envision and achieve their dreams.”

Dr. Phillips graduated from Cottey College and went on to earn her B.S.W. in Social Work, and an M.S. in Psychology from Pittsburg State University. Phillips earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2002.

Dr. Phillips began her career at Nevada State Hospital, an inpatient adult psychiatric facility. She worked in the facility for over 11 years, first as a clinical social worker. Upon completion of her M.S. in Psychology, Phillips worked as a psychologist.

Dr. Phillips returned to Cottey College in 1989 as Coordinator of Counseling. She has served as Vice President for Student Life since 1993. In this position, Phillips is a member of the President’s Council and has worked with three consecutive presidents. She supervises the areas of counseling, health services, spiritual life and campus diversity, housing, campus activities and athletics. Phillips also serves as co-leader for Cottey’s sophomore trips and has participated in nearly all the trips since the program’s inception in 2000.

In her spare time, Dr. Phillips spends time with her husband and family in Missouri, Arkansas and Utah. They enjoy camping, boating, skiing, hiking and being outdoors. Phillips and her husband love spending time with their six grandchildren, one of whom is a future Cottey girl.

Jann Rudd Weitzel, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joann Bangs, Ph.D.

Vice President for Administration and Finance
Amy Ruetten

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Sherri Taylor

Vice President for Student Life
Landon Adams, Ed.D.

Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management
JoEllen Lindner

Executive Director of Marketing and Communication 
Beth Hammock

Executive Assistant to the President/Secretary to the Board
Tricia Bobbett

Chair of the Faculty
Jo Byrnes

Fine Arts Division Chair
Theresa Spencer

Humanities Division Chair
Trisha Stubblefield

Science and Mathematics Division Chair
Kathy Taylor

Social Sciences Division Chair
Julie Tietz

Board of Trustees

Christine Scheuneman, California

Grace Chalker, Ohio

Diann McChesney, California

Kathryn Bayne, Maryland
James Bickel, Missouri
Cheryl Denslow, Colorado
Georgann Douglas, Texas
Jack Ewing, Jr., North Carolina
Tamara Kenworthy, Iowa
Sandra Laney, Washington
Diann McChesney, Connecticut
Hope Zoeller, Kentucky

Ex-Officio members
Sue Baker, Ohio
Brenda Atchison, California

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