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Dr. Gary Phillips, center, associate professor of communication at Missouri State University-West Plains, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during an April 3 luncheon in Columbia, Mo. With him are Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett, left, and Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David R. Russell.  (Photo provided)

Dr. Gary Phillips, center, associate professor of communication at Missouri State University-West Plains, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during an April 3 luncheon in Columbia, Mo. With him are Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett, left, and Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David R. Russell.  (Photo provided)

(Columbia) – Gary L. Phillips, Ph.D., associate professor of communications at Missouri State University-West Plains, recently was honored by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon with the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

The 15 recipients of this year’s award were recognized during a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, April 3, at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The annual award honors outstanding faculty from post-secondary public schools, colleges and universities within the state.

In nominating Phillips for the award, his peers noted his dedicated service to students, fellow faculty and the university, and praised him for putting student learning at the forefront of his agenda.

Phillips has taught a total of 28 years, 15 of which have been full time, and has been at Missouri State-West Plains for the past seven years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1984 and a Master of Arts in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts in 1986 from the same institution. In 1993, he earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

For more information about the degree offerings at Missouri State University-West Plains, visit the campus’ website, wp.missouristate.edu.

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