Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.

Managing Principal for the McPhail Group LLC and Emerita Professor and Founder of CCLDP at Morgan State University

Christine McPhail is the Managing Principal for the McPhail Group LLC, a higher education consulting firm; Emerita Professor of higher education and founder of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University, and a Coach for Achieving the Dream. She was recently appointed to serve on the Gates Foundation’s Completion by Design National Advisory Committee.

Dr. McPhail is the recipient of the 2010 AACC National Leadership Award and the 2008 League of Innovation‘s Terry O’Banion Leadership Award. She formerly served as the President and Chief Instructional Officer at Cypress College in southern California. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR) at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) ; and Coach, Achieving the Dream. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). McPhail formerly served as the Affirmative Action Officer, Division J, American Education Research Association (AERA) and on the Editorial Board for the Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

She is the Editor for one of AACC’s best-selling publications, Establishing and Sustaining Learning Centered Community Colleges. She was the featured international keynote speaker at the Guardian Further Education and Skills Summit 2007 in the United Kingdom. Her research interests lie in the intersection of three fields of higher education: leadership, governance, and learning.

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