B.A. - Pomona College
Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley (Department of Botany - Plant Systematics specialty)

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Director of Information Technology Services and Assistant Professor of Biology Raymond B. Phillips is the chief technology manager at Colby and, with the extraordinarily talented staff of ITS, provides the vision and direction for Colby’s IT infrastructure (network, datacenter and hosted/remote operations); central database and server applications; client computers (desktop, notebook and mobile devices) in offices, clusters, labs and those owned by students; classroom media presentation systems and traditional telephone and copier services. Priorities for service and support include continuity for the breadth of resources used daily across campus and beyond; initiatives in all academic divisions, especially in the curriculum but also scholarly activity by faculty and students; administrative processes throughout the College to leverage efficiencies in information submission, processing and presentation to enhance services in all areas; policy setting and review to ensure rights of individuals to their own privacy while also protecting individuals’ computers and campus systems from compromise; and data security for assured access in normal operations and protection.

Ray came to Colby in 1984 as Coordinator of Academic Computing and Assistant Professor of Biololgy and was promoted to Director in 1987. He earned a B.A. in Botany from Pomona College, studied tropical botany in Malaysia, and earned a Ph.D. in Plant Systematics from the University of California at Berkeley. His research involves use of computer assisted methods for assessing patterns of similarity, hypothesizing evolutionary relationships and the practical and theoretical advantages of using phylogenetic relationships for constructing classifications, the approach now widely used by biological systematists.

Ray grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was a rock climbing instructor in the Sierra Nevada, a Park Ranger (law enforcement and search and rescue) in Yosemite National Park, held research and teaching assistantships at UC Berkeley and held a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma prior to coming to Colby. Ray has served on the board of directors of NERCOMP, various EDUCAUSE study groups, currently an Internet2 initiative in privacy controls and access protection, was a trustee of Bangor Theological Seminary through its final six years and is now on the board of the BTS Center. He plays trumpet in several orchestras and other ensembles.

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