On August 1, 2016 Phil Hardwick assumed the position of Director of Business Analysts at the Millsaps College Else School of Management, where he is responsible for supervising the ELSEWorks Business Analysts and the ELSEWorks undergraduate internships. ELSEWorks is an entrepreneurship program formed to encourage and promote entrepreneurship and positive social change in the community, state and region. He is also responsible for supervising business plan development for client businesses, especially those in the Midtown and Fondren areas of Jackson, Mississippi.
He is also Adjunct Instructor of Communications in the graduate school of business at Millsaps College and a regular Mississippi Business Journal columnist. He has taught over 1,000 students, written over 600 columns for the Mississippi Journal, written 11 books and assisted over 100 communities and organizations with strategic planning. In February 2016 he was inducted as a Lifetime Member of the Mississippi Economic Development council.
His previous positions include Coordinator of Capacity Development at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University, Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Mississippi Valley Gas Company (now Atmos Energy), Director of Economic Development for the City of Jackson, Mississippi and Executive Director of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
He is the current President of the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education and a PastPresident of the Mississippi Main Street Association, the Mississippi Economic Development Council and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
He received his undergraduate degree from Belhaven University and his MBA from Millsaps College. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State & Local Government executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his military service he was Security Team Leader for Army One, the Presidential helicopter.
In his spare time he is a prolific writer. (See Books tab above.) He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.