Dean Phillips Biography

Dean Richard Phillips

Dean Richard Phillips

Dr. Richard D. Phillips is the Dean of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the C.V. Starr Professor of Risk Management and Insurance. From 2012-2014 he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Innovation and from 2006–2012 Dr. Phillips was the Kenneth Black Jr. Chairman of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance. Dr. Phillips began his academic career at Georgia State University in 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from the Wharton School. Beyond Georgia State, Dr. Phillips has been a fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center at the University of Pennsylvania since 1997. He has held visiting appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (1996-1997), the Wharton School (2003), and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (2007-2008), and he was the Swiss Re Visiting Scholar at the University of Munich in 2008.

Dr. Phillips’ research interests are the impact of risk on corporate decision-making, the functioning of insurance markets, and the role of credit ratings in the economy. He has published in academic and policy journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Insurance Regulation, and the North American Actuarial Journal, among others. He has contributed scholarly articles to books published by Risk Publications, the University of Chicago Press, Kluwer Academic Publishers, and the Brookings Institute. Phillips has received several awards for his research including twice receiving the Robert I. Mehr Research Award (2008, 2009) given to the article judged to have had the greatest impact on insurance economics judged 10 years after the paper was originally published.

Beyond the university Dr. Phillips has served as a consultant to numerous commercial and governmental organizations including AIG, Allstate, ING, AXA, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Tillinghast, Aon Capital Markets, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Society of Actuaries, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He is a member of the board of directors for the Munich American Reassurance Company and is chairman of the board for Risk Index Partners LLC. Within the non-profit sector Dr. Phillips was the executive director of Georgia State University’s Risk Management Foundation from 2006–2012; plus he is a member on the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education Foundation. Within the community he is the current chairman of the board for Swift School – a non-profit school located in Roswell, Georgia, dedicated to educating students with dyslexia and other language-related learning differences.

Dr. Phillips is a member of the American Finance Association as well as the American Risk and Insurance Association where he also serves on the board of directors, and he also is a past president of the Risk Theory Society. Dr. Phillips is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance and he serves as an ad hoc referee for several other academic journals.

Dr. Phillips’ doctoral and master’s degrees are in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Mathematics.