Judge Phillips to deliver keynote on Founder's Day


Judge Clarence “Bud” Phillips, a former Virginia lawmaker, will deliver the keynote address on Founder’s Day at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Friday, April 12.

The Founder’s Day ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the Fred B. Greear Gymnasium. The public is invited to join UVa-Wise as it celebrates University of Virginia founder Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

The Honorable Clarence “Bud” Phillips is a 1974 graduate of the UVa-Wise.  He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates 22 years ago. As a delegate, he was an advocate for the development of the nursing program at UVa-Wise, and he helped sponsor legislation that provided the original funding to explore the feasibility of developing the College’s software engineering program. Along with the Southwest Virginia legislative delegation, Phillips has sponsored budget legislation that helped UVa-Wise begin the largest capital improvement phase in the College’s history.

Phillips, a former coal miner, taught government at Clintwood High School and also served as the school’s principal. While working as an educator, Phillips read law and earned his Juris Doctorate Equivalency in 1988. Last year, Phillips was appointed by the Virginia General Assembly as District Court Judge for the counties of Wise, Lee, Scott and the city of Norton. 

For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-376-1027. Students receive cultural activity credit.