Phyllis King
Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
phone 414-229-6175
Dr. King is a strategic and visionary community and higher education leader. She is an experienced executive leading strategic, academic and budgetary planning and decision-making for a large public R1 research university. Dr. King is an internationally known researcher with expertise in ergonomics, manufacturing, and health care. Dr. King has served in director, president and chair positions in local, state and national boards for organizations addressing issues related to STEM, public education, banking, city government, and health care. Board expertise lies in economic development, innovation/entrepreneurship, state and corporate government, finance, higher education administration and public relations.

Board Profile

An experienced and effective executive, Dr. King's board experience is deep and diverse. It includes strategic planning, finance, public relations, human resources, IT, mergers and acquisitions,and quality improvement. She has long-standing experience in health care organizations and practice, higher education innovation, leadership and administration, and manufacturing and engineering operations.

Board Experience

For Profit

Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP, Advisory Board

Not for Profit

UW Credit Union, Director


Association for Schools of Allied Health Professions, President

American Red Cross, Director

United Performing Art Foundation, Director

Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership, Director

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Cabinet Member
Milwaukee Women inc, former Chair
STEM Forward Wisconsin, Director
TEMPO Milwaukee, former President
Penfield Children’s Center, Director
Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Advisory Board
Food and Beverage Wisconsin, Leadership Council
Center for Aging and Translational Research, Advisory Board
UWM College of Health Sciences, Advisory Board
Mequon/Thiensville Education Foundation, former Director
St. Anthony’s Schools, former Director

Professional Summary

Dr. Phyllis King is the Vice Provost at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Professor in Occupational Therapy. As Vice Provost she provides campus leadership in a wide array of strategic, academic and budgetary planning and decision-making activities. Dr. King is a UWM partner to the University of Wisconsin System, City of Milwaukee and state of Wisconsin for initiatives related to educational reform, STEM, health, advanced manufacturing, and economic development.  She is a steering committee member of the world-class Data Science Institute led by Northwestern Mutual and a member in planning the Connected Systems Institute, MKE Tech Hub, and Higher Education Regional Alliance. Dr. King was a lead administrator in the recent merger of UWM with two higher education institutions.


PhD – Urban Education/Administrative Leadership with a concentration in Industrial  Engineering

MS – Health Services Administration

BS – Occupational Therapy

Recognition & Awards

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021  Milwaukee-Area Power Broker
Milwaukee Business Journal

Notable Women in Education, 2021

TEMPO Mentor Award
TEMPO Milwaukee
December 2017

Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (FASAHP)
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
September 2015

Dean’s Ambassador Award
College of Health Sciences
May 2015

American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millenium Leadership
June 2014

Distinguished Public Service Award
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
April 2011

Woman of Influence
Milwaukee Business Journal
June 2007

American Occupational Therapy Association


Dr. King is married, has two sons, and enjoys golfing, reading, running and travel. She has and continues to volunteer her time to causes that benefit children, women, community and health.

Additional Documents

Board Brief Phyllis-King-Board-Brief-713-1.docx


Financial ServicesHealthcare/Pharma/Med DevicesIndustrial/ManufacturingNon-for-profit/EducationPrivate EquityProfessional Services

Company Revenue

$500M to $1B

P&L Responsibility


Level of Expertise



Corporate GovernanceDiversity, Equity & InclusionEnvironmental, Social, and Corporate GovernanceFinancial ExpertHuman ResourcesManufacturing

Board Experience


Leadership on Board

DirectorAdvisorBoard ChairCommittee ChairCommittee Member


ExecutiveNominating & Governance