Advisory Board

Ambassador Earl N. "Phil" Phillips, Jr., Chair

High Point and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Phil Phillips is president and chief executive officer of World Link, headquartered in High Point. He served as Ambassador of the United States to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in 2002 and 2003.

Born in High Point, Phil is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School. In 1972, he co-founded and was president and chief executive officer of First Factors Corporation, a financial services company, which was acquired by GE Capital in 1998. He also was a partner in Showplace, Hamilton Properties, and Phillips Interests, all real estate development and management companies specializing in home furnishing showrooms and offices.

Phil served two terms as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as a member of the UNC Endowment Board for 17 years. He was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly to a four-year term on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors overseeing the 16 campuses of the UNC system and also served four years as a trustee of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Richard S. Blackburn, PhD

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Richard Blackburn teaches management and organizational behavior, and is the associate dean of the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

An award-winning teacher, his research interests include organizational and individual creativity and innovation as well as managing teams in the virtual environment.

He is co-author of the textbook Managing Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Blackburn has worked with a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, including Eli Lilly and Company, Caterpillar Tractor Company, Cooper Tools, Sonoco Products Company, UNC Hospitals, and Johnson & Johnson.

He received his PhD and MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BA from Carleton College

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and nationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions. He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on Jan. 1, 2016. Previously, he had served as senior associate dean for the natural sciences and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

 As dean, he oversees the largest academic institution on campus, encompassing more than 70 academic departments, curricula, programs, centers and institutes.

 A member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995, Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and also co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. His groundbreaking work has earned numerous awards and influenced national concussion guidelines.

 In 2011, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his innovative work on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport-related concussions. In 2013, Time magazine named him a Game Changer, one of 18 “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America.” Dr. Guskiewicz earned a B.S. in athletic training from West Chester University, M.S. in exercise physiology/athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

Jonathan Hartlyn, PhD

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Jonathan Hartlyn, the Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is the senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

As senior associate dean for social sciences, Dr. Hartlyn oversees: Aerospace Studies, African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, City and Regional Planning, Economics, Geography, History, Military Science, Naval Science, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.

He also oversees all of the international programs of the College that are housed together in the FedEx Global Education Center, including: the Office of Study Abroad, African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center, Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for European Studies, Curriculum in Global Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Dr. Hartlyn served as chair of the Department of Political Science for five years. He also served as associate director and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies (now the Institute for the Study of the Americas). He has been director of graduate studies and co-director of undergraduate honors for the Department of Political Science, and he is a past chair of the Council of Chairs of the College.

Dr. Hartlyn is a recognized scholar in the areas of comparative politics of Latin America, especially with relation to questions of democratization, political institutions and state-society relations. He previously chaired the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association, and he is a member of the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association. He received a Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC in 2000.

He received a BA with honors from Clark University and both an MPhil and a PhD in political science from Yale University. 

Courtney Phillips Hyder

Charlotte, North Carolina

Courtney Phillips Hyder graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a political science degree in 1996. She resides in Charlotte, with her spouse and three young children. As an undergraduate, Courtney studied abroad in London and on the Semester at Sea program. She served on the UNC Board of Visitors from 2004 -2008, and currently is a member of the Carolina Women's Leadership Council, a nationwide network of women committed to supporting the University and students’ educational experiences.

Ben Jenkins

New York, New York

Ben Jenkins is the founder and CEO of Dering Capital, a New York based merchant bank focused on sponsoring direct investment opportunities for leading global capital allocators. Prior to founding Dering Capital in 2011, Mr. Jenkins was a senior managing director and head of the Hong Kong office for The Blackstone Group. During his 12 years with the firm Mr. Jenkins led over a dozen private equity investments across a range of industries and geographies. 

Before joining Blackstone, Ben was an associate at Saunders Karp & Megrue. Prior to that, Ben worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Ben received an AB in Economics from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction. Ben serves as a director of Axtel, Gold Toe-Moretz and RGIS. 

Robert Miles, PhD

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Robert Miles currently serves as associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges, and as professor of sociology and global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was born in England in 1950, completed a B.Sc. (Honors) in sociology at the University of Bath in England in 1973, and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1986. He was research associate in Sociology at the University of Bristol between 1973 and 1978, when he moved to the University of Glasgow as lecturer in sociology. He was promoted to senior lecturer (1988), reader in sociology (1990) and then professor of sociology (1994) at the University of Glasgow. He also served as associate dean for external relations in the faculty of social sciences (1997 to 2000).  He has published extensively in academic journals on the topics of racism, international migration and the history of capitalism and unfree labor. He has also published the following books: Racism and Political Action (edited with Annie Phizacklea, 1979), Labour and Racism (with Annie Phizacklea, 1980), Racism and Migrant Labor (1982), White Man’s Country: Racism in British Politics (with Annie Phizacklea, 1984), Capitalism and Unfree Labour: Anomaly or Necessity (1987), Racism (1989), Refugees or Migrant Workers? European Volunteer Workers in Britain 1946-1951 (with Diana Kay, 1992), Racism After ‘Race Relations’ (1993), Migration and European Integration: the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion (edited with Dietrich Thrandhardt, 1995), and Racism (with Malcolm Brown, 2003). He moved to the United States and to his current position at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000 where he has focused on implementing the University’s globalization strategy by extending the University’s study abroad program and developing a number of strategic partnerships with foreign universities.

Jordan Phillips

Charlotte, North Carolina

Jordan Phillips is a founding partner of South Street Partners, a Charlotte-based real estate investment, management and development company focused opportunistic and value added real estate investments throughout the Southeastern United States. Prior to founding South Street Partners, Jordan was an analyst with Discovery Land Company, a high end master planned community developer focused on second properties all over North America.

Prior to joining Discovery, Jordan spent two years in Hong Kong as an analyst with Inter-Asia Venture Management, Asia’s oldest VC fund. Inter-Asia focused on providing seed capital for companies in China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in economics and a minor in Spanish. Jordan currently resides in Charlotte.

Kimberly Glenn Phillips

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kim Phillips graduated from Duke University where she received her BA, MA and was a candidate for a PhD in history. She has worked in non-profit and academic sectors for over 25 years and currently is director of Kimberly Glenn Inc., a program and event management service. Kim has enjoyed serving on a variety of advisory boards including the UNC Board of Visitors, Playmakers Repertory Company, The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, Kidzu Museum, the Millennium Village Project and the Duke Alumni Admissions Committee. 

Caldwell Zimmerman

New York, New York

Caldwell Zimmerman is an associate with Arsenal Capital Partners in New York. Before joining Arsenal Capital, he was an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, also in New York.

Born in Atlanta, Caldwell received his undergraduate degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Caldwell is the first alumni member on the Phillips Ambassadors Advisory Board, having been selected by the program to study abroad in Hong Kong in the summer of 2009.