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Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips

Posted by on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Uncategorized.

Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips

Portrait Details:

Artist: Donna L. Woodley 

Year: 2019

Location: Kirkland Hall



Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips was the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University when she graduated with a bachelor of arts in chemistry in 1967. She earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. Phillips went on to a highly esteemed career at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, and at the Waters Corporation, an analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing company in Milford, Massachusetts, where she became a global director. A member of the American Chemical Society since 1973, she was elected to its board of directors in 2013 and continues to serve as a director-at-large. In 2007, Vanderbilt established the Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips Award for Leadership, presented to a graduating African American senior in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding accomplishments. Vanderbilt honored Phillips in 2017 by creating two Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellowships to support mid-career faculty members who are leaders in diversity in STEM at Vanderbilt. Additionally, Vanderbilt athletics recognized her, among other civil rights leaders, during the 2017 Equality Weekend.

Additional recognitions, awards and news

Vanderbilt Trailblazer Dorothy Phillips receives lifetime achievement award

Trailblazing alumna Dorothy Phillips discusses her career as a chemist, importance of diversity in the physical sciences

Dorothy Phillips, first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, recognized

Engineering school announces six faculty appointments

Who was Who, Celebrating Black History

Vanderbilt athletics honors civil rights leaders during Equality Weekend

Photos of Dorothy Wingfield Phillips

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