Associate Vice President/Dean of Students

Dr. Phillip "Flapp" Cockrell

Student Center 3rd Floor Office 3200
1400 JR Lynch Street
PO Box 18090
Jackson, MS 39217
Phone: (601) 979-2329
Fax: (601) 979-2327

Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell is a native of Columbus, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Education 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. Dr. Cockrell has toured and studied higher education policies and practices abroad in England, Scotland, and Ireland. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Jackson State University.

Dr. Cockrell has a passion for educating and promoting diversity and inclusion that encourage tolerance, respect, and appreciation of others. As the immediate past chairperson for the American College Personnel Association – Pan African Network, Dr. Cockrell was actively engaged in advocating on behalf of students and professions from underrepresented populations and assisting with programming efforts at colleges and universities nationwide. He has a strong interest in working with diverse student populations and implementing programs and services that contributes to their success of being globalized citizens. Dr. Cockrell’s scholarly interests center on the experiences of first-generation, low-income, African American students in post-secondary institutions.

He is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where he serves as the Chief of Staff for the State of Mississippi and member of the Mu Sigma Chapter located in Jackson, MS. Other involvements include a member of the American College Personnel Association and charter member of the Professional Leadership Alliance. He was recently appointed to the Noel-Levitz Higher Education Consulting – Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color and Hind Community College – Minority Male Leadership Initiative Advisory Boards. Dr. Cockrell has received many outstanding awards and recognition including most recent the 2012 Institutions of Higher Learning Black History Month Honoree, MLK Dream 365 Unsung Hero, and Excellence in Service to Students Awards, Mississippi University for Women Recent Outstanding Alumni, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dedication and Service Award, The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award, and Who’s Who in Black Mississippi to name a few.

As the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Dr. Cockrell’s primary goal is to support the enhancement of the general welfare of all students through its leadership and supervisory role with Judicial Services, Student Life Operations, Intramural Programs, Veterans Services Center, Student Medical Center and Housing/Residential Life. He and his staff work to create opportunities and provide services to enhance student success in both academic and non-academic areas. Through outreach and education to the University community, Dr. Cockrell strives to make Jackson State University an environment that promotes academic excellence.

As Dean of Students, Dr. Cockrell advises individual students and student groups; provides co-curricular educational opportunities for students; formulates and implements campus policies related to student rights, responsibilities, and behavior; and facilitates programs for the promotion of health and safety. The office also serves as a liaison between students, faculty and staff, parents, and members of the general public.