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Board appoints Phillips to fill Marion's position

Wednesday Sept. 5, the Ontario School District's Board of Directors voted to appoint Dr. John H. Phillips to Board Position #2. Phillips was one of nine Ontario residents who expressed interest in serving as a director.

"We were glad to have nine community members show interest in serving the students, staff and patrons of Ontario," said Board Chair Evelyn Dame. "Dr. Phillips displays a high level of enthusiasm and energy and is excited to be part of team that is responsive to the community."

Phillips has lived in the Ontario School District for 23 years. Previously, he was a member of the Prison Advisory Committee, and served on the Malheur County Fair Board. A doctor of internal medicine, Phillips has twice served as Chief of Staff at Holy Rosary Medical Center.

"I want to participate actively in community affairs through the medium of the public schools," Phillips said.

The medical doctor, who graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1968, and from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson in 1974, has other interests aside from medicine. He is also a farmer and parent of seven, two of whom are still attending public schools. Daughter Jennifer is in 10th grade and son Alex is a senior.

Phillips also enjoys a variety of seasonal outdoor sports. Ontario School Board Position #2 was opened almost immediately after Ontario resident Jerry Marion took the oath of office July 2. Marion, who was elected in July, had to resign shortly after learning his company would be transferring him to North Carolina before the end of summer. Phillips will be sworn in at the Sept. 20 meeting He may hold the position until the next board election, scheduled for March, 2003.