The Human Relations Commission for the city of Greensboro has named Wendell F. Phillips, North Carolina A&T State University’s director of state and community relations, in the Division of University Advancement, as its new chairman.

The mission of the Human Relations Commission is to improve the quality of life for Greensboro residents by encouraging fair treatment and promoting mutual understanding and respect among all people. Phillips was elected to this post on March 7. He was appointed to the commission in July 2010. His commission term is set to expire in August 2013.

Phillips started at N.C. A&T in July 2007.  As director of state and community relations, his primary responsibility is to help develop and maintain positive relationships between the university and federal, state and local elected officials, as well as community organizations throughout the greater Greensboro area.

He is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, the Governor’s Task Force to Study Educational Programs for Chronically Disruptive Students and the Task Force for African-American Entrepreneurship. He is also a former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus’ committees for Judicial Appointments and its Civil Rights committee. He is a former Flemming Fellow by the Center for Policy Alternatives, a 2001 Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Greensboro and member of the Greensboro Partnership’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Committee on Elementary & Secondary Education.
In addition to his long list of service, Phillips’ commentaries have been published on BET.com and picked up by the National Newspaper Publishers Association to appear in newspapers across this nation. He is a co-author of “Atonement: The Million Man March” and appeared as one of the “Golden Lords” in Robert Townsend’s 1993 motion picture, “Meteor Man.”