New AVP/dean of students on campus

April 21, 2016 | News, UToday
By Ashley Gearheart

The University of Toledo welcomed the new associate vice president and dean of students, Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, on April 4.

Cockrell has several years of experience working in student affairs at various universities. Most recently, he served as associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Jackson State University in Mississippi.



“Dr. Cockrell is a great addition to the University,” said Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs. “He brings a wealth of experience and background working closely with students, and he is truly committed to student success.”

His prior student affairs experience also includes work in various positions at Mississippi University for Women, Ohio State University and Florida International University.

Cockrell received his bachelor of science degree in family studies from Mississippi University for Women in 2003, then continued on to obtain a master of science degree in educational leadership and student affairs from Florida International University, and a doctor of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University. He also completed a study abroad tour through Bowling Green State University in higher education.

“I am excited to join The University of Toledo community,” Cockrell said. “It is evident that UT has a strong commitment to the holistic development of all students.”

Cockrell added that he already has plans to improve the UT experience for students.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the administration, faculty, staff and students to enhance the student experience and to initiate co-curricular learning opportunities to maximize both the personal and professional endeavors of UT’s students,” he said.

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