News Release

Peter Phaiah is New Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the U of M Crookston

By Tomas Baldwin, Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, May 21, 2007

Peter Phaiah

Peter G. Phaiah, Ph.D.

CROOKSTON, Minn. (May 9, 2007) –  As the new associate vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, Peter G. Phaiah, Ph.D., will provide leadership and expertise to help direct the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) campus in the areas of enrollment and retention of students. His extensive experience in the areas of academics, student services, recruitment, student development and international programs along with his knowledge of diverse student populations make him an excellent addition to the campus administrative team. He will begin his new role in early June.


“We are extremely pleased to have Peter Phaiah lead the student services and enrollment management components for the campus,” UMC Senior Vice Chancellor Thomas Baldwin, Ed.D., said. “His comprehensive knowledge of higher education will be an asset as the Crookston campus continues to strategically position itself as a place where students can aim higher, reach further and dream bigger dreams.”


As the associate vice chancellor, Phaiah’s responsibilities include coordination and integration of traditional student affairs services with academic programs and academic support services to enhance and support student learning. Other responsibilities include integrating co-curricular activities with academic programs that support success in the classroom and assisting in the establishment, articulation and assessment of institutional goals, objectives and outcomes regarding the student experience.


Most recently, Phaiah served as the dean of students at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, a position he has held since 2003. He also served as dean of students at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth from 1999 to 2003, and prior to that, served as their director of student life. From 1989-96, Phaiah held several positions at Phillips University in Enid, Okla., including associate professor of exercise and sports science, director of sports medicine, corporate wellness coordinator and the summer coordinator for the Transitional Academic Program, where he developed orientation programs for international students.


Phaiah received his doctorate in higher education administration from Capella University in 2006. He received his master’s of sport science from the Unites States Sports Academy, Daphne, Ala.; and his bachelor’s in sports medicine from Marietta College in Ohio.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. UMC is dedicated to helping students and the region aim higher, reach further and dream bigger dreams. To learn more, visit