Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins is former president of Bennett College. Under Dawkins’ leadership, the college gained national prominence because of her efforts to lead a successful $9.5 million fundraising campaign, her lead role in a bipartisan legislative effort, and her presidential appointment to a White House Advisory Board. The legislation that Dawkins’ spearheaded enabled Historically Black Colleges and Universities to defer payments to the HBCU Capital Finance Loan Program, which over a six-year period will result in $8.9 million that Bennett will use to stabilize financially, invest in capital improvements, and continue growing enrollment.
Before arriving at Bennett, Dawkins worked at Cheyney University, Dillard University, and Johnson C. Smith University. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dawkins received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Master of Arts from University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University.