Arizona State University’s Honors College associate dean will now be the new dean of the Honors College at Purdue.

Rhonda Phillips started as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Area Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. After that, Phillips spent time as an assistant and associate professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department and a founding director of the Center for Building Better Communities at the University of Florida. This was all prior to ending up at Arizona State in 2007 where she took over as the associate dean of their Honors College in 2011.

Phillips’ similar appointment at Purdue is the result of a national search of candidates and will officially begin before the start of the fall semester.

“It is with tremendous pride and enthusiasm that I take on the leadership of the Honors College,” said Phillips. “This is an exciting opportunity to continue to build an environment that enhances the success of (Purdue’s) outstanding students.”

The interim dean of the Honor’s College, also a professor of nutrition science, was Dennis Savaiano. Despite Phillips’ new appointment, Savaiano will continue his career at Purdue.