Division of Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Phillip Flapp CockrellPhillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell assumed the role of  vice president for student affairs in January 2018, having previously served in the role on an interim basis since June 2017, and as UToledo’s associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students since April 2016. He is responsible for the conduct, counseling and advocacy of University of Toledo students. “Dr. Flapp,” as he is known, also has oversight of student life activities — including UToledo’s residence halls and more than 250 student organizations — and the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.

Over the past 15 years, Cockrell has worked as an academician and practitioner within the field of student affairs — as a residence hall director at Ohio State University; and as assistant director for diversity education and programs, director of orientation and director of student life, all at Mississippi University for Women. Just prior to joining UToledo, Cockrell served as associate vice provost for student affairs at Jackson State University, Miss. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at both Mississippi University for Women and Jackson State University, as well as a guest lecturer at many other colleges and universities.   

A native of Columbus, Miss., Cockrell holds a bachelor of science in family studies from Mississippi University for Women, a master of science in educational leadership/student affairs administration from Florida International University, and a doctor of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University. Additionally, he has toured and studied higher education policies and practices in England, Scotland and Ireland.

As a past chairperson for the American College Personnel Association–Pan African Network, Cockrell has been actively engaged in advocating on behalf of students and professionals from underrepresented populations, as well as assisting with programming efforts at colleges and universities nationwide.

Currently he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where he most recently served as chief of staff for both the state of Mississippi and Pi Tau Sigma Chapter of Columbus, Miss. Cockrell also is a member of: Beta Phi Sigma Alumni, Toledo Chapter (secretary); the National Association of Student Affairs Practitioners; the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Professional Leadership Alliance (charter member); among other organizations. Further, he recently was appointed to the Arkansas Tech University and Mississippi State University Student Affairs Advisory Boards.

Cockrell is married to his college sweetheart, Pamela, and they have a dog, Princeton.

Last Updated: 3/3/20