Phil Allen is a doctoral student at IHE and an assistant to the president for government relations and community engagement at Valdosta State University. As chief engagement officer he works to create a clear entry point into the resources of VSU to support and expand its role in workforce and economic development in South Georgia. His role includes representing VSU and the University System of Georgia in lobbying the General Assembly as a member of the USG team.
Phil also directs the Georgia LEADS (Lifelong Education and Economic Development Services) program in the University System of Georgia's Office of Economic Development. The program supports the System's efforts to broaden educational access, promote job growth, and coordinate System resources to support state and local workforce, and professional development programs. Phil has more than 25 years experience in public service and outreach, community engagement, and continuing education. His interests in the IHE program lie in the history of higher education, economic development, and organization and governance.