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George Campbell Jr., PhD, D.Sc. (Hon.), D.H.L. (Hon.)

President Emeritus, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Active Trustee: 1991 - current

George Campbell Jr., PhD, D.Sc. (Hon.), D.H.L. (Hon.)

George Campbell served as president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art from 2000 to 2011 and upon retirement, was elected President Emeritus by the Board of Trustees. Cooper Union is an all honors college offering degrees in engineering, fine arts, and architecture. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Chairman of the Board of Webb Institute, which offers degrees in marine engineering and naval architecture.

Before Cooper Union, 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 Mitre Corporation, the Josiah Macy Foundation, and the Institute of International Education. 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.

Updated 12/6/17

George Campbell Jr., PhD, D.Sc. (Hon.), D.H.L. (Hon.)