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Hey! So Glad You're Here With Me

Phil Stover is a veteran (that means old) speaker, writer, and storyteller. He has taught, entertained, and challenged folks from Nairobi to New York and beyond using a unique blend of insight, inspiration, instruction, humor, and story.​ He has spoken to groups as small as five and as large as five thousand.

​​​Drawing from his lifelong experience, Phil has traveled from Anchorage to Apalachicola, Chicago to Chula Vista, and Salem to Sarasota to consult with and speak to leadership about the unique challenges of managing public schools. Phil has served in senior leadership (including CFO, deputy superintendent, and superintendent) and consulted with over one hundred public school districts. He twice served as an associate professor and administrator in different institutions of higher education.


Perchance Phil may now be one of the oldest graduate student in the known world because after completing his undergraduate work in history (1971) and master’s degrees in psychology (1975) and parent education (1986), he is currently finishing up his Ph.D. in Mexican history at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. His graduate work specifically in parent education gives him greater insight into the concerns and needs of parent stakeholders, whether their concerns are special education, English language learning, or current ideological conflicts. Phil is the author of six books (see the Books page where you can find links to his books on Amazon) and numerous articles in academic and popular publications. He has spoken in forty states and nine countries. Phil lives in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico, and flies in and out of El Paso, Texas to meet his client’s needs.

Phil is ready and willing to assist your organization with management issues and priorities or serve as a keynote speaker to your group or district leadership. Click on the YouTube video on this page to hear a speech he gave as deputy superintendent to the San Diego Unified School District leadership. Phil is especially interested in helping districts work through the complex issues of stakeholder relations (especially with parents), critical race theory, and issues from across the complex ideological continuum (conservative to progressive) of public education. His approach is unique in that his priority is in helping folks deal with differences and disagreements without regard to the correctness or truth of any one position. In complex organizations, the conflicts are what need to be resolved, not the determination of who is right or wrong, which only sets up greater distancing mechanisms.

Phil is also a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Mexico on the history of religion and conflict in Mexico, especially that of the borderlands in revolutionary and post-revolutionary times.

​​Please send him a message via our contact page. He will call or write you back to talk about what you or your district, school, organization, or historical group might want regarding assistance, presentation, or consulting. Phil is eager and ready to share his “Phil-osophy” of everything from tribalism to truth, religion to race, resource management, and stakeholder relations in these challenging times.

​Would you please check out Phil’s ten tenets on the Foundational Tenets page? They will help you better understand what you will find on this website and in Phil’s writings and presentations. ​Please email him at with any questions, or use the contact page form. Thanks so much.






The Rio Vista Group LLC

The Rio Vista Group was founded by Phil to represent his consulting, teaching, writing, and speaking outreach. Based in Deming, NM and Mata Ortiz, CH, Phil travels regularly in the United States, Mexico, and via Zoom to speak and work with organizations (universities, public schools, and historical societies). Rio Vista Press publishes all of Phil's books on Amazon and through Ingram. In this way they reach the general reading community as well as libraries, book stores, colleges and universities. Phil's first book Religion and Revolution in Mexico's North won a national Writer's Digest award for nonfiction.

Rancho Rio Vista is Phil's family's home base in Chihuahua. There they live, enjoy the community, raise pecans, help increase awareness of the wonderful pottery industry of Mata Ortiz, and support the baseball excellence of the community by sponsoring the village's adult and children's baseball teams. Rancho Rio Vista's teams have won local and regional championships over the years, culminating in 2021 when the Rio Vista/Mata Ortiz team won the coveted regional "champion of champions" trophy at the highest level of men's amateur baseball in the baseball crazy State of Chihuahua!

Our Rancho Rio Vista Baseball Team from 2020

Listen to Phil's Speech on Tribal Markings given to the Combined Leadership of the San Diego Unified School District

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