City – The State
University of New York Board of Trustees today voted to name George M. Philip
the 18th president of the University at Albany, effective
immediately. Philip, an alumnus, has served as interim president since November
“George Philip is the right person to lead the University at Albany into the
future,” said SUNY Board Chair Carl T. Hayden. "George’s proven record of
success at the campus, his strong ties to the academic and business
communities, and his commitment to work with the students, faculty and staff in
enhancing academic excellence will ensure the University at Albany continues
its ascent to the top tier of the nation’s public research universities.
Congratulations go to George and the entire campus.”
“All of us
involved with the search for a permanent president knew George Philip would be
the right leader at the right time for the University at Albany,” said SUNY Chancellor
Nancy L. Zimpher. “It took some doing to persuade George we were right, but it
was well worth the effort and in the best interest of the students, faculty,
staff, alumni and the greater SUNY and Albany communities.”
“I want to thank the SUNY Board of Trustees for their
support and the confidence they have placed in me,” said President Philip. “I was honored when
Chancellor Zimpher asked me to continue my service to UAlbany and serve as its
18th president. I look forward to advancing the University’s academic and research
mission and to working with the Chancellor to develop a SUNY-wide strategic
plan. As an alumnus, I have seen the University at Albany grow into a
world-class research institution. I welcome the opportunity for continued
collaboration with the University’s many talented faculty, staff and
students. Together we will take UAlbany to new heights.”
his many years of service, George Philip has been a tireless advocate for the
University," said Daniel Tomson, chair of the University at Albany Council
and the Presidential Search Committee. "His management and financial
experience, profound commitment to our students, and ability to foster public
and private partnerships will continue to advance the University’s academic and
Philip has been an unwavering champion of the University at Albany," said
George R. Hearst III, president of the University at Albany Foundation.
"Given today's unprecedented challenges, George is the ideal person to
advance the University's reputation as a premier research institution."
E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering, said, “As a longtime and effective
champion of the University, George Philip has demonstrated outstanding
leadership, proven experience, staunch advocacy, and intimate knowledge of
UAlbany, its various stakeholders and constituents. At this time of deep
challenges and great opportunities, George is the right person to advance the
educational, research, and economic innovation agendas of UAlbany, the
NanoCollege, and SUNY, and I look forward to working in partnership with him to
best serve New York State and its citizens.”
been a pleasure and privilege working beside George," said Distinguished Teaching
Professor John W. Delano, who chairs the University Senate. "With great dedication and
candor, he has built
a relationship of mutual respect between the administration and faculty."
it's move-in day, commencement or any number of athletic events, President
Philip has fervently demonstrated his enthusiasm and pride in UAlbany and its
students," said Brian Tregerman, undergraduate representative on the
University Council and former president of the UAlbany Student Association.
"I am confident that President Philip will continue to lead this
institution in a direction of academic and research excellence and be a strong
advocate for students and public higher education."
appointment is the result of a unanimous recommendation by the University
Council and the presidential search committee.
tenure as interim president, the University at Albany generated a record $392
million in research funding. For the first time in University history,
undergraduate and graduate enrollment exceeded 18,000 students. UAlbany had one
of its most successful capital advocacy efforts ever, resulting in state and
private support for a new School of Business building, Campus Center expansion
and vital critical maintenance.
leading the University through its 10-year
accreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
(MSCHE). He continues to steer the campus through one of the most
challenging budget environments the University has experienced. Recognized for
his strong advocacy for the UAlbany community, Philip is admired and respected
by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
his appointment as interim president, Philip served as the executive director
and chief investment officer of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System
(NYSTRS), one of the 10 largest public retirement funds in the nation.
Philip is a
graduate of UAlbany where he earned his undergraduate ('69) and master's ('73)
degrees. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Western New England Law School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
been active in UAlbany governance, serving as chair of the University Council
from 1996 to 2007, and as a member of the board of directors of the Research
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compensation remains unchanged as a result of his permanent appointment and he
receives a state salary of $280,000. He resides in the University president’s
house, and has the use of a state automobile.