Phil E. Phillips, J.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Local and Regional Policy
Vice President for Administration
Office: School of Public Policy (SPP)
Phone: (310) 506-7227
Fax: (310) 506-4748
Phil E. Phillips currently serves as vice president for administration at Pepperdine University. In his capacity, Phillips handles a myriad of business, policy, planning, and legal issues. Phillips serves as chief of staff to the executive vice president and oversees Construction & Campus Planning, the Department of Public Safety, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, the Center for Sustainability, and Insurance & Risk Management. He also manages the University's emergency response and preparation as a vice chair of the Emergency Operations Committee and chair of Pepperdine's Threat Assessment Team. In addition, Phillips serves as the chair of the University Management Committee, Pepperdine's key policy making body.
Phillips graduated with a degree in economics from Seaver College in 1988. He earned his law degree from Pepperdine in 1992 and started working for Pepperdine in 1993 as the director of regulatory compliance. In this position he coordinated a number of development permits for on- and off-campus projects, including the 50.4 acre Graduate Campus Project on the Malibu campus. In 2000, he became the associate dean for administration at the School of Law. In 2003, he was named associate vice president for the vice president and general counsel. Prior to being named vice president for administration in 2011, Phillips served as the chief administrative officer, where he was instrumental in acquiring County approval for Pepperdine's Campus Life Project.
Throughout his career, Phillips has worked closely with, and appeared before, agencies including the California Coastal Commission, the City of Malibu, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission, and many others. Phillips has also served on the Board of Directors for the Malibu Chamber of Commerce and various community and environmental committees and task forces. As a member of the California Bar and Los Angeles County Bar Association, Phillips specializes in land-use and environment law.