About Our Commencement Speaker

Dr. George M. Campbell, Jr.

George Campbell, physicist, served as president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art from July 2000 until his retirement in June 2011, after which he was appointed President Emeritus. Founded in 1859, Cooper Union is an all honors college ranked among the nation's top baccalaureate colleges by U.S. News and World Report and offers degrees in architecture, engineering and fine arts. Until recently, all admitted students received a full-tuition scholarship. Dr. Campbell spent his early career at AT&T’s prestigious Bell Laboratories where he held various R&D and management positions. He later served as President and CEO of NACME Inc., a non-profit organization focused on engineering and science education and science and technology policy. 

Dr. Campbell is a Director of Consolidated Edison, Inc., Barnes and Noble Inc., and the Mitre Corporation. He serves as a Trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montefiore Medical Center, the New York Hall of Science, and the Institute of International Education. Earlier in his career, Dr. Campbell served on the faculties of Nkumbi International College in Zambia and Syracuse University.  He has published many papers and served on a number of national science and technology policy bodies, including the Morella Commission of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Board. A former Simon Guggenheim Scholar, Dr. Campbell earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Syracuse University, a B.S. in physics from Drexel University, and he is a graduate of the Yale Executive Management Program. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Arents Pioneer Medal in Physics and several honorary doctorates. In 2012, Dr. Campbell was appointed as Chairman of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees.