Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell is a native of Columbus, Mississippi, and serves as vice president for student affairs at the University of Toledo (UT). He previously served at UT as interim VPSA and associate vice president and dean of students. He is responsible for the student conduct, recreation services, Title IX, multicultural student success, Greek Life, Toledo Excel, international student services, career services, residence life, counseling and advocacy of University of Toledo students. He has oversight of student life activities--including UT’s residence halls of 3000+ students and more than 350 student organizations--and the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.
Affectionately known as Dr. Flapp, he has a passion for educating and promoting diversity and inclusion that encourages tolerance, respect, and appreciation of others. He has a strong interest in working with diverse student populations and implementing programs and services that contribute to their success of being global citizens. Dr. Flapp’s scholarly interests center on the experiences of first-generation, low-income, African American students in post-secondary institutions.
Prior to joining UT, Dr. Flapp served as a residence hall director at The Ohio State University, assistant director for diversity education and programs, director of orientation, and director of student life at Mississippi University for Women, and associate vice provost for student affairs at Jackson State University. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Mississippi University for Women and Jackson State University. Dr. Flapp holds a B.S. in Family Studies Education from Mississippi University for Women, an M.S. in Educational Leadership Student Affairs Administration from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. He has served in leadership positions with ACPA’s Pan African Network, the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., NASPA, the National Association of Student Affairs Practitioners, and as a charter member of the Professional Leadership Alliance.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Pamela, and they have a dog named Princeton.