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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Professor of Plant Biotechnology


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky (Crop Science)
  • B.A., University of Kentucky (Philosophy)

Teaching Specialties

  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant cell and tissue culture
  • Seminars

Research Interests

  • Plant biotechnology, genetic improvement
  • Plant metabolic engineering
  • Bioenergy


  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • International Association for Plant Biotechnology


Phillips was Dean of the ASU College of Agriculture & Technology from 2003-2011. From 2005 to 2008, he also served as Dean of the College of Sciences & Mathematics, and from 2005 to 2009 as Dean of the College of Engineering.

Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at New Mexico State University, where he was located for 22 years. During 2001-2003, he served as a co-chair of the NMSU Nanotechnology Steering Committee; from 1992-1999, he served as the Director of the NMSU Molecular Biology Program; from 1996-1998 he was the Science Coordinator for the National Biotechnology Information Facility; he served as the interim director (1983-1985) and then associate director (1986-1990) for the Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory at NMSU, a research institute. He has served as an officer for the Plant Biotechnology Division of the Society for In Vitro Biology, an officer for the NMSU chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, and board member of the Jonesboro University Rotary Club.

Phillips was active for 23 years as an editor for the journal Plant Cell Reports, and during 1999-2007 he was editor-in-chief for the journal In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant after serving as an associate editor for 10 years. In 2004 Phillips was inducted as a Fellow of the Society for In Vitro Biology.

Gregory Phillips

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2375
F: (870) 972-3885


Building: Agriculture
Room: 332A