May 12, 2016, Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Needles as vice president of student services, effective June 6, 2016. He transitions into that role after serving as MCCC’s interim vice president for student affairs and enrollment management since July 2015.
Needles began working at MCCC in August 2012 as dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives. In that role, he oversaw the college’s academic and professional business programs, as well as its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Culinary Arts Institute, Virtual Campus and Center for Workforce Development.
In his new role, Needles will provide leadership for MCCC’s student success initiative and will oversee all aspects of student services. These include academic advising, counseling, testing, veterans services, student leadership and involvement, disability services, admissions, registration and financial aid.
Needles began his career in education at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, where he was assistant to the dean for planning and assessment. He also oversaw the school’s Entrepreneurship Program and was recipient of the school’s “Excellence in Teaching Award.” He later served as assistant dean for strategy and planning at University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Bloch School of Management and as program manager for UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to arriving at MCCC, Needles served as dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash.
Professionally, Needles has served as a content consultant for Walt Disney Internet Group International; director of programming for Disney TeleVentures; and senior consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He also co-founded and oversaw business operations for an integrated entertainment experience media company.
Needles holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami.
- Alana J. Mauger
Philip Needles, Vice President of Student Services at Montgomery County Community College. Photo by Sandi Yanisko