Michael Phillips was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on March 21, 1953.  Phillips grew up in Lufkin, Texas and attended Baylor University where he received a B.B.A. in 1975.

A Certified Public Accountant, Phillips has over thirty years of experience in executive administrative positions for the State of Texas.  During his years of public service, Phillips served on a number of boards and committees and with the confirmation of the Texas Senate served two terms as gubernatorial appointee on an influential state board.

Phillips joined the staff of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in February 1997.  In his capacity as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Phillips provided the leadership and vision to align information technology (IT) strategy and services with the goals and mission of the TTUHSC.  Phillips provided leadership of the technology operations for the TTUHSC’s internationally recognized telemedicine program and rural healthcare services.  Phillips also served as the Chief Information Officer for the Texas Tech University System from May 1, 2003 through August 31, 2006.  In that position, he provided the leadership for IT strategic initiatives and shared operations for the three components of the Texas Tech University System.  During his tenure in these positions, Texas Tech’s IT activities received recognition and commendations from accreditation bodies, the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, external reviewers, and customers.  In May of 2009, Phillips retired as Vice President and CIO.

Phillips has served in a number of capacities for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Information Resources (GIR).  He served as the Chair of the Program Committee for GIR’s Spring Conference in 2005.  In 2005 and 2006, Phillips served on the Curriculum Design Committee for GIR’s inaugural Leadership Institute.  From 2007 to 2009, he served on GIR’s national Steering Committee that oversees all GIR activities.  He also served as a faculty member for GIR’s Leadership Institute.

Phillips is currently the Executive Director of the Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN).  LEARN is a consortium of 38 organizations throughout Texas that includes public and private institutions of higher education, community colleges and K-12 public schools.  LEARN connects these organizations and hundreds of their affiliated organizations together with high performance optical network services to support their research and education needs.  LEARN is also a part of a national community of regional optical networks that provides Texas with connectivity to the national and international research networks.

Michael Phillips is married to Dina Phillips, who is a Certified Hand Therapist.  Michael and Dina have a 16 year old son, Keenan.