Navarro College Announces New Dean

Navarro College Announces New Dean


Meet Dr. Richard Phillips, our new Dean of Science, Kinesiology, and Developmental Studies!

Tell us about you
“Born and raised in Purdon, Texas. I graduated from Corsicana High School in 2002 and attended Navarro College from 2002-2003. I went on to Sam Houston State University where I received a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Mathematics and then on to receive a Masters of Science in Agriculture as well as teaching certifications in Vocational Agriculture and Mathematics. I started teaching mathematics at Corsicana High School from 2006-2012. In the Fall of 2012, I started a new position as a teacher and academic coordinator in West ISD. During that time I also began teaching night classes at Navarro College in developmental mathematics. I was in West ISD for 7 years where I moved up to serve as the Assistant Principal at both the Elementary and Middle Schools. In the spring of 2013 I graduated from Tarleton State University with a Doctorate of Education.”

What are you most excited about?
“Working with an amazing staff of professors and administrators and to give back to the college that got me started on my way as well as the community I grew up in.”

What was your first impression like?
“Navarro College is an amazing place to work. Everyone is welcoming and helpful and it has a family atmosphere.”

What do you do for fun?
“I am an avid runner and I am training towards running my 6th half marathon this year and my first marathon by the end of 2020. I enjoy research and am extremely proud of the work I did during my dissertation and hope for the opportunity to engage in more educational research at the higher ed level.”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine