George Campbell is president emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Established in 1859, Cooper Union is an all honors college offering degrees in engineering, fine arts, and architecture, and is one of America’s most selective institutions of higher education. All admitted students are awarded a full tuition scholarship. Its historic Great Hall has provided a platform for leading thinkers, critical social reform movements, and a host of U.S. presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama.
Prior to his current appointment, Campbell spent 11 years as president and CEO of NACME Inc., a nonprofit corporation, and 12 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held various R&D and management positions. He is a director of Consolidated Edison, Inc., Barnes and Nobles Inc., and a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Montefiore Medical Center, and the New York Hall of Science. He has served on a number of science and technology bodies, including the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the Morella Commission of the U.S. Congress. Earlier in his career, Campbell served on the faculties of Syracuse University and Nkumbi International College in Zambia. He has published papers in physics and science and technology policy and is co-editor of Access Denied: Race, Ethnicity and the Scientific Enterprise, Oxford University Press.
Campbell earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Syracuse University and a B.S. from Drexel University in physics. He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Yale University. As an undergraduate, he was a Simon Guggenheim Scholar and earned membership in the national physics honor society. The recipient of several honorary doctorates, he is a fellow of the AAAS and the New York Academy of Sciences.