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.
Kimberly Glenn Phillips
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Kim Phillips co-founded the Phillips Ambassadors Program in 2007. Her interest in student engagement has shaped her career commitment to help build collaborative learning experiences and innovative curriculum initiatives at both secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. A graduate of Duke University, where she received her B.A., M.A. and was a Ph.D. candidate in History, she has worked for the last fifteen years with The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on campus internationalization efforts. Kim has focused primarily on undergraduate opportunities abroad, specifically addressing issues of access and affordability, experiential learning and strategic global program expansion. As co-founder of the Phillips Ambassadors Program, she has had the opportunity and privilege to work closely with university administration, faculty and students across campus. Additionally, Kim has enjoyed serving on a variety of advisory boards including the UNC Board of Visitors, Playmakers Repertory Company, UNC Press, The Ronald McDonald House, Kidzu Museum and Full Frame Film Festival.
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld is the Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. He oversees the departments/curricula and other units in the social sciences: Aerospace Studies; African, African American and Diaspora Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology and the Research Labs in Archaeology; Asian Studies; City and Regional Planning; Economics; Geography; History; Military Science; Naval Science; Peace, War and Defense; Political Science; Public Policy; Sociology; and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies. He also oversees all the global 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. Rudi served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2013 to 2017.
Rudi has been at Carolina since 2008, coming from the University of Iowa. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA in 1992 and 1996, respectively, and his B.A. in anthropology and European history from UNC in 1987 where he was a Morehead Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He also previously served as Chair of the Council of Chairs and on the Food For All Campus Theme Steering Committee. He serves on the Student-Athlete Academic Process Review Group, and he served on the 2012-13 Task Force to Facilitate Research on Pedagogical Innovation at Carolina.
Rudi’s scholarly research and teaching focuses on Indigenous peoples, consumer cultures and local food systems. Much of his work has concerned indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian highlands. He recently began collaborating with colleagues at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, or USFQ, Carolina’s partner in the Galapagos Science Center, comparing models of community tourism in conservation areas in the Galapagos and the Andes. Since 2004, Rudi has worked on local food issues in the United States, focusing on efforts to integrate local food into regional food systems.
Wendell Gilland, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Wendell Gilland is an award-winning teacher of operations management and such special topics as supply-chain management, response-time management and models used to guide operations decision making. His research focuses on the performance improvement gained by using multiple customer priorities, products designed for multiple markets, and multiple channels of distribution.
Wendell brings valuable industry experience to his academic career. He worked at Monitor Company, the consulting company founded by Michael Porter to apply his business strategy frameworks to the strategic planning process of Fortune 500 clients. He also worked at CSC Index, the consulting firm led by Jim Champy and Michael Hammer that pioneered business process reengineering. Through his experience with these firms and subsequent independent consulting projects, he has worked in a variety of industries and companies, including Apple Computer, Eastman Chemicals, Intel, Caterpillar, Hoechst-Celanese, Matsushita, Nationwide Insurance, Sony, State Street Bank and Tektronix. Wendell received his PhD and MBA from Stanford University and his AB from Harvard University.
Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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, Kevin 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.” Kevin 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.
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 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.
New York, New York
Ben Jenkins is the co-founder and Chairman of Digital Bridge, a mobile and internet infrastructure investment firm. Previously he was a senior managing director and head of the Hong Kong office for The Blackstone Group. During his 12 years with the firm he led over a dozen private equity transactions 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. He received an AB in Economics with honors from Stanford University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Charleston, South Carolina
Jordan Phillips is a founding partner of South Street Partners, a Charlotte and Charleston based real estate investment, management and development company focused on opportunistic and value added real estate investments throughout the 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 home properties all over North America. Prior to joining Discovery, he 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.
Heather H. Ward
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Heather H. Ward is the Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchanges. She is responsible for coordinating global education opportunities for the College of Arts and Sciences and overseeing operations of the Study Abroad Office. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill in January 2019, Heather served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., where she developed programs and resources to support the internationalization of colleges and universities, as well as increased collaboration among global higher education institutions and systems. Heather also led ACE’s efforts to promote the use of technology to deliver global learning and strengthen international partnerships, including the U.S.-Japan initiative, a two-year bilateral initiative funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT).
Heather previously served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Outreach at George Mason University (VA) and Director of International Programs at Mary Baldwin University (VA), where she oversaw partnerships with universities in India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. In 2012, Heather was selected for the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar in India. Her previous experience in international affairs focused on human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration, and she has held positions with the Vera Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Americas Society, and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. Her passion for global education began with an undergraduate semester in Madrid, Spain, followed by a summer internship and field studies in Guatemala.
Caldwell Zimmerman is a Vice President with Kian Capital Partners in Atlanta. Kian Capital is a private investment firm focused on making equity and debt investments in companies in the lower middle market. He began his career in New York City where he was an investment professional at Arsenal Capital Partners and later Harvest Partners. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina where he majored in Business Administration. Caldwell serves as the alumni member on the Phillips Ambassadors Advisory Board, having been a recipient of the scholarship when he studied abroad in Hong Kong in 2009.
The above images were taken at the Phillips Ambassadors awards luncheon on April 4, 2018