Dr. Phillips and Rep. Clement formed an inseparable partnership. They worked together for the good of Cumberland and they were successful albeit with the help of two very good women, their wives, Mary Clement and Dr. Phyllis Phillips.
Even after his tour as Cumberland president, Dr. Phillips continued to serve the school in the capacity of a member of the Board of Trust.
In 1994 Dr. Phillips told Cumberland students, Every year, Cumberland University passes milestones and creates new levels of achievement to surpass.
His statement, true then some 18 years ago, is still true even today.
When he said this in 1994, he was referring to several important accomplishments that had transpired that year including a new record-breaking enrollment; the inclusion of Cumberland students in the 1994 edition of "Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities" for the first time since 1984; Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sororitys installation of the Zeta Xi chapter on Cumberlands campus; the Cumberland football team played in its first NAIA playoff game after ending the regular season with a 9-1 record; and the 1994 graduating class of 170 was the largest in the history of the University and included the first students to complete the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree program.
Surpassing this was his next statement to students.
Cumberland University is poised and has within its grasp the potential of becoming, not only one of the best, but the best educational opportunity and choice for students.
Was Dr. Phillips a prognosticator?
He was a visionary who was dedicated and committed to Cumberland University.
Since 1842 there have been many gracious, competent and qualified servants at Cumberlands lead, but surely none greater than Dr. Ray C. Phillips.