Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail as the University’s 13th president.
The appointment follows an extensive national search to fill the vacancy left after the untimely passing of her husband, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, in October 2020.
Currently serving as the President and CEO of the McPhail Group, LLC, Dr. McPhail is a nationally recognized thought leader in higher education. She currently serves as Professor of Practice at the John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership at Kansas State University, and she is Founding Professor and Director of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University. Under her leadership, Morgan State University received R1 Carnegie classification, indicating that the program was awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees during the update year.
“I am both humbled and honored to have been selected by the Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees to serve as its next president,” said Dr. McPhail. “I am committed to the success of this university and each of its students. I also feel a responsibility to carry on my late husband’s work to establish the university as a 21st-century, learning-centered institution while at the same time leaning on several decades of experience in higher education leadership and strong partnerships with the SAU community to move us forward.”
Prior to her role at Morgan State University, Dr. McPhail served as President of Cypress College in California. She is a Certified Associate for Emergenetics International, an organizational development company that uses psychometric research and behavioral studies to advise and consult with businesses and individuals on how to assess human capital.