Government & Public Service
Ronald Phillips directs the Government and Public Service Internship Program and has been associated with the program since its inception in 1999. He has worked with over 750 students providing them internship opportunities in Washington DC; Austin; Texas and Lubbock, Texas. Ronald says that “There is nothing more rewarding than watching a student have an incredible internship experience in an exciting city and seeing how they become more mature, more independent, more worldly with a better understanding of who they are and what they want to become. These life experiences help a student find direction in their lives and establishes confidence to pursue their goals.”
Ronald began working at Texas Tech University as a graduate assistant in 1992. During his tenure at Texas Tech, he has served in the role of Associate General Counsel, Special Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff, University Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous teaching awards.
Ronald is a licensed attorney, certified mediator, and licensed real estate broker. He was selected to participate in the Harvard Management and Leadership in Education Program. He believes public service is important and that everyone should work to make a difference in the lives of people around them. Ronald has served in leadership positions in many professional, civic, and youth organizations including City of Lubbock's Water Advisory Committee and Public Transit Authority, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas Association of Dispute Resolution Professionals, South Plains Children's Shelter, Texas Network of Youth Services, Frenship Youth Football and Baseball, FFA State Convention. He currently serves on the University's Athletic Council and is the chairman of the board for the Texas Tech Credit Union.
A native of Hale Center, Texas, and a proud Red Raider, Ronald received his BS in Agricultural Economics, BS in Financial Planning, and Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) all from Texas Tech University. Ronald and his wife Jamey have four sons.