John R. Phillips


District 5

Kansas City

Term Expires January 1, 2019

Board of Curators Office
316 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

John R. Phillips was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon. 

Phillips attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in 1968 and a Juris Doctorate in 1971. He served as chair of the University of Missouri Development Fund’s first Capital Campaign, successfully raising over $150 million in the early 1990s, having previously served on the Long Range Planning Committee.  He also was a member of the Missouri Business and Education Partnership Commission.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Rockhurst College and Washburn University.  Phillips is with the Husch Blackwell LLP law firm, specializing in labor and employment relations and healthcare law, and spends a majority of his time serving as a neutral mediator, arbitrator, or special master for courts in Missouri and Kansas. He is the former chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and the Missouri Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Committees. 

Civically, Phillips has been a leader in the Kansas City area for over 40 years.  Civically engaged, Phillips serves as Director and Officer of Saint Luke’s Health System and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and as legal counsel for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He is the vice president of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation and the Society for People’s Friendship with China, and is a board member of the Kansas City Chinese American Association.  Phillips also served on the Human Resources Advisory Council at the UMKC Bloch School of Business.

Reviewed March 13, 2019.