George Campbell Jr., Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering. A physicist by training, Campbell spent much of his career at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, where he held various R&D and management positions and was a U.S. delegate to the International Telecommunications Union. He later served as president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), a non-profit organization focused on education in engineering and science and research in science and technology policy. Campbell also served as president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an all honors college and one of America's most selective institutions of higher education.
Earlier in his career, Campbell was on the faculties of Nkumbi International College in Zambia and Syracuse University. He has published papers in mathematical physics, high-energy physics, satellite systems, digital communications, science and technology policy, and science education. He is co-editor of Access Denied: Race, Ethnicity and the Scientific Enterprise, Oxford University Press.
Campbell has served on a number of national science and technology policy bodies, including the Morella Commission of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board, the New York City Chancellor's Task Force on Science Education (chairman), and the Education Policy Advisory Committee of the New York State Governor's transition team.
Campbell is a member of the boards of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Consolidated Edison, Inc., Barnes and Noble, Inc., and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. He is a trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montefiore Medical Center, the New York Hall of Science, and the Institute of International Education.
In 1993, Campbell received the George Arents Pioneer Medal in Physics. He is also the recipient of the Drexel University Centennial Medal, the Leon J. Obermeyer Award from the City of Philadelphia Board of Education, and several honorary doctorates. He accepted a U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence and the U.S. Department of Labor's EPIC Award on behalf of NACME.
A former Simon Guggenheim Scholar, Campbell is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in physics from Drexel University. He is a graduate of the Yale Executive Management Program.