Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Phyllis King

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 32
  • Undergrad degree/university: BS Occupational Therapy/UWM
  • Graduate degree/university: MS Health Services Administration/Cardinal Stritch; PhD Administrative Leadership/UWM

Phyllis King, associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has had a transformational impact on the Milwaukee area and on those who she mentors, according to Laura Schmidt, former chief talent development officer at the MKE Tech Coalition.

“She is innovative and collaborative, which allows her to not only think strategically but execute flawlessly. She is a builder and sets up new programs and initiatives for success before she moves on to her next challenge,” Schmidt said.

“In her primary role, she is trusted to advance key initiatives that are not yet defined and need to be structured. For example, she was one of the founding steering members of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute as well as the Connected Systems Institute at UWM and the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin,” she added.

King served as the first executive director and led the development of UW-Milwaukee’s Tech Ed Frontiers Program. She is currently the administrative lead for M-Cubed and an operational lead for the Higher Education Regional Alliance.