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Phil Burgess has worn many hats during his career: Educator, writer, businessman, telecommunications executive, public policy adviser, and association executive. He is also frequent speaker and media commentator on political, business and cultural issues. For 11 years, he wrote a weekly column for the Rocky Mountain News that was nationally distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.
Phil spent 19 years in higher education as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught public policy, management, and resource economics - and directed a university-wide research facility, Ohio State's Behavioral Sciences Laboratory.
Phil also served as visiting professor at UCLA's School for Public Policy and Social Research and in the business school at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California.
Phil has served in a variety of public service posts - including at the national level or dealing with national issues:
● president of the National Academy of Public Administration, chartered by the US Congress to provide trusted advice to Federal institutions, including the White House and Congress;
● member of the America's first privacy commission (1974),
● member, Committee on Planning and Research, White House Conference on Aging, (1970),
● staff director of the U.S. Department of State's European Advisory Council,
● the US committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). and
● chief executive of two think tanks - The Annapolis Institute and the Center for the New West.
And at the multi-state regional level:
● chief executive of two economic development associations, the Federation of Rocky Mountain States (1975-76) and the Western Coal Export Council (1981-84),
● president of the Western Governors' Policy Office (WESTPO), where he served 43 governors during West's energy boom years (1975-82),
● commissioner, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).
In the private sector, Phil served in senior positions in major high-cap multi-nationals in the media-communications space:
● senior vice president for Communications and Corporate Affairs at US West Communications (now Qwest, Inc.) in Denver, Colorado (1999-2000); and
● group managing director for public policy, communications and corporate affairs, including the Telstra Foundation, at Telstra Communications Corporation in Sydney, Australia (2005-08).
Phil received his undergraduate degree with honors from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his Ph.D. from The American University in Washington, D.C. A former Fulbright Scholar, he is the author or co-author of nine books and many articles and received Telecom Magazine's "Corporate Communicator of the Year" award for 2008.
An avid mariner, Phil crewed an open-cockpit sailboat in the 1992 Americas 500, a trans-Atlantic sailboat race - from Palos, Spain and the Canary Islands to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas - and has captained passages across the Great Lakes and through the canals and rivers of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.