School of Business Welcomes New
by Latoya Shelton
|New Business Faculty - Becky Phillips
came to work in the Business Center only a couple of weeks
before school started. Phillips said she decided to teach
because she needs a challenge.
Hired only a couple of weeks before classes began, the University of
Arkansas-Monticello School of Business and Babin Business Center’s newest faculty
member, Becky Phillips knows just how demanding yet rewarding her job
Born and raised in Monticello, Phillips says the most influential
person in her life was her mother. Phillips grew up with divorced
parents and watched her mother work hard to support her brother and
herself. These hardships made Phillips’ first priority a good education.
Phillips attended Monticello High School where she met Ralph May, a
computer teacher, who mentored her in accounting.
Phillips worked for Maxwell Flooring for 12 years in an
office setting. Then life led her to a saw mill in Hamburg where she
continued office work.
“I decided to become a teacher because I needed a challenge and
something different,” Phillips said.
That decision brought Phillips to UAM. At that time Phillips
participated in a distance learning program, majoring in accounting for
two years, through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. One of the
only members of the class to graduate, she received a Masters Degree in
Business Administration in 1999.
Phillips said the practical experience she had at Maxwell was
invaluable. She admits her weaknesses are being too nice and a little
unorganized. Her strengths include caring for people and wanting to have
a positive influence on the students at UAM.
"I hope my students would say that I am concerned about their welfare
and want them to succeed. I will work hard to make sure that happens,"
Phillips teaches two senior level accounting classes at the
"The faculty at Babin Business Center welcomes Phillips and knows her
past experience makes her highly qualified for the job," Dean of
the School of Business Louis J. James said.
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