Receiving the Alumni Association’s 2002 Excellence in Education Award is Robert H. Phillips of Lead. Phillips earned his education degree from Black Hills State Teachers College in 1961. He later returned to BH and earned his master’s degree in education in 1972.
After three years teaching in Liberia for the Peace Corps and one year teaching in Minnesota, Phillips returned to the Black Hills where he served the Lead-Deadwood School District for 27 years. During that time, Phillips worked in a variety of positions including teaching, coaching, administration, and sports officiating. He often returned to BHSU to officiate at the annual alumni/varsity football games. Phillips has been involved in many community organizations, serving as president of the Lead Kiwanis Club for two terms and Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis’ Minnesota/Dakotas District. In 1990 Phillips received the Claire E. Faust Award for his work with the Circle K Club at BHSU.
After working in the private sector for six years, he is once again involved in education as a substitute teacher.