Phyllis King is the associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She oversees strategic, academic and budgetary planning and decision-making for the university that serves more than 24,000 students. King is a full professor in the College of Health Sciences and a licensed Occupational Therapist. She is the author of more than 30 scientific publications related to topics of health, safety, education, human factors and ergonomics. King is an internationally known researcher and lecturer in ergonomics, manufacturing and health care. She has served as the corporate ergonomist for Kohler Company and advised the Ministry of Health of Singapore on occupational health and safety policy.
King earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration and holds a doctorate in Urban Education with a specialization in industrial engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a protégé of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership and a distinguished fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Association for Schools of Allied Health Professions, and the immediate past President of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions.
King is a community leader serving in director, president and chair positions in local, state and national boards of organizations addressing issues related to women and children, public education, city government and health care. She is the recipient of the TEMPO Mentor Award, UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Public Service Award, ASAHP President’s Award, a Power Broker and Woman of Influence awardee by the Milwaukee Business Journal, and a Notable Woman on Corporate Boards recognized by BizTimes.