Dr. Philip K. Way is Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. His VP responsibilities encompass strategic planning for the university and division; the management of personnel, information technology, space, and divisional financial resources; curricular matters, including assessment and program review; enrollment management; student success; transformational experiences; and the police. Under Way’s leadership, the University has developed a new strategic plan, restructured the former divisions of academic and student affairs into a unified entity focused on student success, and developed 24 new academic programs.
Last academic year, Dr. Way was Interim President of Slippery Rock University, but under State System rules was ineligible to apply for the position. He oversaw the execution of the university’s strategic plan. Priorities included ensuring a strong financial foundation and a positive campus climate in which the university, its employees and students flourished. Record enrollments and rising rankings occurred. Externally, Dr. Way strengthened links with alumni, friends, and donors to foster a greater culture of philanthropy. He liaised with regional employers and communities to strengthen the university’s contribution to economic and community development, and to the cultural fabric of the region.
Dr. Way was formerly Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, Dr. Way had worked at the University of Cincinnati, rising up through the ranks and taking on progressively more responsible leadership roles. Dr. Way was educated in the UK. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University in Economics. He completed a Master’s in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick before he worked in a research position at Nuffield College, Oxford University for two years. He subsequently returned to Warwick for his Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies. He then won a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to Harvard University, where he attended classes, taught economics, and conducted research.