George M. Philip is the 18th President of the University at Albany-SUNY. He was appointed to this position by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees on June 16, 2009 after serving 18 months as the interim president. Prior to this appointment, Philip served as executive director of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) since 1995 and as chief investment officer for the system since 1992. As a UAlbany alumnus, Philip has been an active contributor to SUNY and UAlbany governance. He served as chairman of the University Council from 1996 to 2007, and is a member of the board of directors of the Research Foundation of SUNY. Philip earned a B.A. in history from UAlbany in 1969 and an M.A. in 1973. For six years (1970 - 1976) he served in the New York Army National Guard attached to the 42nd Infantry.