Phil Burgess Résumé

Phil Burgess is president of The Annapolis Institute (www.annapolisinstitute.net) and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

Phil spent 19 years as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught public policy, management, and resource economics and was the founding director of the doctoral program in public administration at Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs.  He has also served as a visiting professor at UCLA’s School of Public Policy, University of West Florida, the US Foreign Service Institute, US Military Academy at West Point, and the Business School of Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Phil has served in a variety of public service posts. These include:

  • President & chief executive of the Congressionally-chartered National Academy of Public Administration;
  • founding president of the Center for the New West, a public policy think tank;
  • executive director of the Federation of Rocky Mountain States, a public-private regional economic development organization;
  • president of the Western Governors' Policy Office (WESTPO), where he served 43 governors during West’s energy boom years (1975-82),
  • member of the nation's first privacy commission, and two terms on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE).

Phil has also held senior positions in the private sector ― including:

  • group managing director, public policy & communications, Telstra, Australia’s telecommunications giant, with responsibilities for public policy, regulatory affairs, government relations, media relations, corporate communications, executive and business unit services, and the Telstra Foundation (market cap: $35 B).
  • senior vice president, communications & public relations, U S West, the Denver-based telecommunications giant now known as Qwest (market cap: $55 B);
  • president & chief executive, Western Coal Export Council – including coal producers, railroads and ports to promote coal sales in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.

Phil has been active in the international arena.  He has lived in Europe and Australia, and has traveled widely in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Norway, with work in Sweden, Finland and the Soviet Union.  From 1979-91, he delivered the annual “American Outlook Lecture” for the Management Institute of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan.  Other appointments include:

  • the U.S. Department of State’s European Advisory Council
  • the US committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).

For 11 years beginning in 1990, Phil wrote a weekly column on political, business and cultural issues for the Rocky Mountain News, nationally by Scripps Howard News Service.  He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television ― including CNN, the Nightly Business Report, National Public Radio, McLaughlin Group, the NewsHour on PBS.

Phil received his undergraduate degree with honors from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his Ph.D. from The American University in Washington, D.C.

The former Fulbright Scholar is the author or co-author of nine books ― including two in the past decade: Utah and America’s New Economy:  Expanding the Winners’ Circle (Summit Publications, 2001) and, most recently, Reboot! What to do when your career is over but your life isn’t (FriesenPress, 2011)

An avid sailor, Phil crewed an open-cockpit sailboat in the 1992 Americas 500, a trans-Atlantic sailboat race ― from Palos, Spain and the Canary Islands to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

Phil and his wife of 30 years live on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland.

Internet address: pmb@annapolisinstitute.net


What do you do when your career is over but your life isn't?

Phil Burgess

Making later-life work

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.