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Set Sail with Alumnus Ron Phillips

Leadership and fun describe Virginia State University (VSU) alumnus Ron Phillips’ work every day as the senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer for Carnival Cruise Lines.

“My job is to ensure Carnival is and continues to be a great place to work”, stated Phillips.

The 1989 graduate joined the world’s largest and popular cruise line in October 2015. As senior vice president of human resources, he is responsible for hiring talent, leadership development, compensation and benefits, employee engagement and performance management.

“The same stuff I learned then is the same stuff I am doing today”, he explained.

Majoring in sociology and administration and justice, he embraced all of the opportunities on campus to sharpen his leadership skills. VSU was a “laboratory for leadership”, stated Phillips.

Joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in the fall of 1986 provided him even more opportunities to hone the skills that would propel him into his future endeavors, including serving as chapter president for the fraternity.

“I didn’t know who I was when I came to VSU. I came to VSU as clay”, he shared.

After attending VSU, Phillips later earned his law degree from the University of Richmond.

“Virginia State prepared me very well”, stated Phillips.

With intentions of practicing law, Phillips fell in love with human resources where he has spent more than 20 years of his career.

“I enjoy my career and the opportunity to open doors for people of color”, shared Phillips.

The nurturing environment at VSU was and still is an incubator for growing and developing leaders for the world. The academic courses and student life provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to compete in today’s marketplace and make an impact on the community and the world.

Keep up that #VSUExcellence Trojans!

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