College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
The CLASS Development Team
Dean John Roberts has assembled a team of top-notch development professionals to guide the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences’ giving campaigns and connect with its donors and alumni networks.
Ellen Happe Phillips
Chief Development Officer
Ellen leads the CLASS Development team and their work with Dean John Roberts. Ellen has extensive experience in relationship building, cultivating and stewarding major gifts. She has worked at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, St. Agnes Academy, UT-Health Sciences Center and the Houston Symphony. She secured the second largest gift in the history of Texas Children’s Hospital. The gift was designated to the Pavilion for Women allowing the hospital to advance women’s health services and ensure the delivery of health babies. Ellen is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she currently serves as an Alumni Board Member.
Senior Director of Development – UH Arts
(713) 743- 9973
Joseph joined the University of Houston in May 2011 after serving for seven years as Development Director at the Houston Zoo. His career also includes stints as Associate Director for Foundation Relations at the New York Botanical Garden and Director of Production for GRP Records, an American jazz record company.
Director of Development
Kim has been in UH development for more than 16 years, working with KUHF88.7FM, Blaffer Art Museum and CLASS. She thinks UH is a fantastic asset and loves fundraising for everything UH has to offer.
Additional Development Officers in CLASS
Emily Church joined the University of Houston in February 2012 as the Director of Development of Blaffer Art Museum. Educated at Yale University and the University of Notre Dame, Church holds a B.A. in Film, Television, and Theater. She came to University of Houston from Rice University, where she oversaw Rice Gallery's membership and development programs. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and as a professional chef.
Dr. Lolin Wang-Bennett has worked with two major private educational and medical institutions in Houston. Besides her academic background, she has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations and helped with organizational strategic planning. She is specialized in faculty and program development to meet institutional goals.