Phail Wynn, Jr.
Retired Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs, Duke University
Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. previously served as President of Durham Technical Institute from 1980 to 2007. He was the first African-American community college president in the North Carolina System. Some of Dr. Wynn’s most significant community and professional activities include: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Community Foundation of North Carolina, member of the Board of Governors of Research Triangle Institute, and member of the Corporate Board of Directors of SunTrust Banks, Inc. and N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company. The NC State University Alumni Association named Dr. Wynn its Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1981. He was honored as one of the country’s outstanding community college presidents in a University of Texas national study of “Transformational” Presidents in American Community Colleges. The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce named him as recipient of its 1995 Civic Honor Award. Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. awarded him The Order of the Long Leaf Pine on November 9, 2000. Dr. Wynn was an officer in the United States Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and later assigned to the former John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His army career included a one-year combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 1974 from NC State University, his doctorate in 1977 from North Carolina State University, and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1989 from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.