Posted: July 22, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has named Phillip L. Davis president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Davis, 44, has been interim president of the college since February 24, 1997. Chancellor Morris Anderson recommended Davis for the position and members of the board confirmed his appointment at their meeting today in Rochester.

Since his interim appointment, Davis has consolidated the instructional programs, administrative systems and physical resources for the combined college. He developed a welfare reform plan that enables students to move up to advanced academic opportunities as they complete certificate, diploma and degree programs. He also made advances in faculty development and educational technology.

"Mr. Davis has provided excellent leadership during a time of great change for Minneapolis Community and Technical College," said Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "We are delighted he will continue as president."

A former White Bear Lake police officer in the middle 1970s, Davis went on to teach criminal justice at St. Cloud State University and became continuing education coordinator for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training in 1979. In 1985, he became director of the Law Enforcement Training Center at Normandale Community College, where he stayed until he joined the staff of Minneapolis Community College in 1992.

At Minneapolis Community College, Davis served as director of the law enforcement program, associate dean of instruction and dean of finance and administration before becoming vice president and then interim president in 1997. He received his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas in 1979.

"Minneapolis Community and Technical College is an important resource to this community," Davis said. "We intend to be more responsive to the emerging needs of business and industry. We will also be working closely with the Minneapolis public schools to increase access to a college education for all students."

Minneapolis Community and Technical College has a full-time enrollment of 4,291 students and serves another 6,000 part-time students.