CSC Leadership


Colonel Tippett is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University and was commissioned in 1995. His command assignments include Platoon Commander, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines; Company Commander, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines; Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines; and Commanding Officer, School of Infantry-East. Additional assignments in the Fleet Marine Force include Operations Officer, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines; Regional Planner I MEF G-5; Plans Officer I MEF (FWD) G-3/5; and Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific. He deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Other assignments include Series Commander, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Operations Officer, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island; Platoon Commander, Officer Candidates School; Infantry Advocate/Occupational Field Sponsor, Ground Combat Element Branch, Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; Branch Head, Global Force Management Division, Joint Staff J-35; and Faculty Advisor, Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the National War College. He holds Masters in Military Studies and Operational Studies from Marine Corps University and a Masters in National Security Strategy from National Defense University.


Dr. Jonathan F. Phillips, Dean of Academics, joined the faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (CSC) in January 2010 and assumed his current role in July of 2018.  From 2012 to 2016, he served as CSC’s Security Studies department head. In this role, he oversaw and directed a large portion of the college’s zero-based curriculum review and redesign.  Throughout his career, Dr. Phillips has held a variety of positions in civilian academe, defense policy, and local government. Most recently in 2009, he served as command speech writer and special assistant for General James N. Mattis, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Prior to his time with JFCOM and NATO, he spent three years as a member of the history department at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, VA. While at ODU, Dr. Phillips assisted with seminars at the Joint Forces Staff College, JPME Phase Two. Previous appointments include: a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; a visiting assistant professorship at Texas A&M University, College Station; and a lectureship in military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His scholarly interests include: American military affairs, war and society, civil-military relations, military education, private military contractors, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions. His bibliographic analysis of the role of mercenaries in American history was published in the fall of 2009. Before academe, Dr. Phillips spent several years as a local government administrator specializing in public affairs/education, environmental policy, hazardous waste management, and emergency management. Dr. Phillips earned his doctoral and undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.


Originally from Virginia, Colonel Jerome Parker graduated from Old Dominion University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was commissioned into the Infantry. He is married with two children. He began active service at Camp Hovey, Korea in the 2nd Infantry Division and has since served in the 75th Ranger Regiment; the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); the 82nd Airborne Division; and the 10th Mountain Division. Recently he returned to the 2nd Infantry Division as the G3 and later Chief of Staff. He commanded units at various levels in both Afghanistan and Iraq and has deployed globally throughout his career for operations and exercises. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer's Basic and Maneuver Captains Career Courses at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Colonel Parker holds Master's Degrees in International Relations from Webster University and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Army War College.