George M. Philip


George M. Philip is the 18th president of the University at Albany, State University of New York. He was appointed by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees on June 16, 2009, after serving 21 months as interim president. Prior to this post, Philip served as executive director of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System since 1995 and as chief investment officer for the system since 1992.

Philip earned a B.A. in history from UAlbany in 1969 and an M.A. in 1973. He credits UAlbany with changing his life and setting him on the path that ultimately brought him back to his alma mater. Building on UAlbany's strengths in academics, research and community service, as president he works to create an environment that fosters success for UAlbany's more than 17,000 students.

Under Philip’s leadership, UAlbany launched a new strategic plan, which provides a shared focus and vision for new initiatives to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. He has worked to create partnerships throughout the Capital Region and has emphasized the importance of community service. In 2012, for the second consecutive year, UAlbany was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Philip has overseen significant progress in creating 21st century teaching, learning, living and research spaces on campus. Currently under construction is a new home for UAlbany's School of Business and new apartment-style student housing. Construction of a new multi-sports complex is beginning this spring.

During his tenure, the University's research enterprise has grown. UAlbany has played a major role in the economic development of the Capital Region and New York State, particularly through its programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.

In addition to his UAlbany degrees, Philip earned a J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. He and his wife Sandra (also a UAlbany alum) have three sons and six grandchildren.