Midland College employee spotlight – Andy Phillips

Diana J. Smith

Andy Phillips has lived in Midland for 25 years and been employed at Midland College for a year.  He has an Associate of Science degree from Midland College and a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Phillips said that he inherited his strong interest in fitness and health from his great uncle who was the first ever Mr. America in 1939.

“He had a very interesting life from doing several Hollywood movies as a stuntman to owning his own gym in California,” Phillips explained. “He was always larger than life to me. So that is how I got bit by the fitness bug.

“I also have two kids, and they are my main love in life. Helping them maneuver through life is a daily challenge. I put family first and almost everything I do now is for my children.”

How did you get involved in education?

Before I earned my degree in Kinesiology. I was a police officer, and I taught the D.A.R.E program to elementary-age as well as high school-age kids. I enjoyed taking that curriculum and my experience and presenting it in a classroom environment. However, I enjoy even more taking my passion for fitness and passing it on to others. I consider the fitness center a learning environment, as well. I’m always trying to pass on my knowledge to others who walk in the doors and ask me for my help.

What is your favorite thing about Midland College?

My favorite thing so far has been the sense of community at Midland College. I’ve met so many interesting employees from the administrators and instructors to employees who take care of the facilities and grounds. But when they come into the Fitness Center, everyone has the same goal — to try to better their physical health. What you do as an employee does not matter to me — it’s what you do in the fitness center that matters. I also enjoy helping students start a healthy path early in life as that is where the foundation for a healthier life begins, forming those healthy habits early and learning to make fitness one of your priorities in life. So, getting to work with young people is also rewarding.


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