Phillip J. McGloin portrait
2018-2019 Luce Scholar

In May 2018 Phillip McGloin will graduate from Vanderbilt University where he has majored in Economics and Political Science and minored in Finance and Chinese. Born in Washington, D.C. to a white dad and a black mom, Phillip learned early in life about the racial and cultural differences that divide the world, and saw some of the ways those divisions can be overcome. Phillip has been passionate about sports from a young age. He achieved one of his major athletic goals by becoming a member of the men’s basketball team at Vanderbilt University. The team went to the NCAA tournament in 2015-2016 with three players who went on to play in the NBA. During his time as a student-athlete, Phillip was recognized as a Vice Chancellor’s scholar athlete, named a member of the SEC Honor Roll, and made the Dean’s List. While committing 11 months per year to a high-major Division I basketball program, Phillip also volunteered as a field canvasser for now Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. He also served as an intern with Congressman Jim Cooper where he worked to analyze the impact of Obamacare in Tennessee. The internship inspired his interest in public service. Phillip started learning Chinese during middle school, and worked in Taiwan for Geber Brand Consulting as a Project Manager. He plans to combine his passion for sports and his interest in Asia to pursue a career in international sports business with the goal of bringing people with different backgrounds and identities closer together.