Mark Phillips, President and CEO of Catholic Charities West Virginia

President of Catholic Charities West Virginia to speak at WVWC’s Commencement

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – As West Virginia Wesleyan College focuses on its mission to serve, the 133rd Commencement attendees will hear from the leader of the largest non-profit social services agency in West Virginia.

Mark Phillips, President and CEO of Catholic Charities West Virginia, will address graduates and guests at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony to be held in Wesley Chapel on May 11.

Phillips joined Catholic Charities WV in 2019 as Northern Regional Director before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2022 and Chief Executive Officer in May 2023.

Prior to joining Catholic Charities West Virginia, Phillips served as the Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff to two Presidents at Wheeling Jesuit University from 2012-2018. From 2007-2012, Phillips managed operations at Family Resources, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Having lost his younger sister, Angela, to an overdose in 2016, Phillips considers the opportunity to work with the marginalized as a mission and a calling. Along with his work at CCWVa, Phillips has worked with young people in foster care through CASA for Children and as Catechesis Coordinator for his parish, St. Michael’s. He is married to Dr. Amy Criniti Phillips and has one child, Benjamin (12). Phillips was raised in southwestern Pennsylvania and received a BA at St. Vincent College and an MA at Duquesne University.

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