Thomas F. Egan is a private investor and business consultant. Prior to his retirement from Citigroup Global Markets in 2009, Mr. Egan spent 34 years in the financial services industry as a lawyer and banker specializing in capital market finance.
From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Egan was chairman of the board of trustees of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive system of public higher education. During his 11 year tenure as chairman, the annual budget increased to over $10 billion, student enrollment grew by 60,000 to 427,00 students, sponsored research doubled to nearly $1 billion a year and a $3 billion fundraising campaign was launched.
Also during his tenure as chairman, the Board of Trustees appointed 36 new college presidents, authorized the creation of 50 new charter schools and expanded the SUNY learning network to include 1000 course offerings and online student enrollment exceeding 100,000. Several significant new academic initiatives were undertaken by the university as well, including the creation of the nation’s first college of nanoscale science and engineering at the University of Albany and centers of excellence in bioinformatics at Buffalo and wireless technology at Stony Brook.
Over the years Mr. Egan has served as a director of many business and civic organizations including The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Beacon Institute, The NYC Traffic Congestion Commission, United Hospital, Marymount College and Greater Hudson Bank.
Mr. Egan is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Fordham University Law School. He has earned advanced credits in business and management from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2009, in recognition of his contributions in the field of education, Mr. Egan was awarded an honorary doctorate by Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, president of the State University College at Old Westbury.
Peter D. Salins is University Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University in New York and former Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the State University of New York System. Among his many professional activities, he is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York, Trustee of the Lavanberg Foundation and Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Dr. Salins is the author of five books, the most recent being Assimilation, American Style (Basic Books, 1996), and numerous book chapters and articles in a wide variety of newspapers, periodicals and scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, The New York Times, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and City Journal. He has served on Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Advisory Commission on the Health and Hospitals Corporation and Transition Committee on the City Planning Commission. Previously he provided testimony to the President's Commission on Housing and was an advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Staff on Urban Policy.
Dr. Salins earned his Ph.D. as well as Master of Regional Planning and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Syracuse University.
Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. is University Professor and Provost Emeritus, and holds appointments in the Rossier School of Education and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. His research interest is on the research university of the future, with particular focus on the globalization of higher education.
Armstrong was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Southern California from August, 1993 until June, 2005. Prior to USC, Armstrong was dean of the school of arts and sciences from 1987 to 1993 at the Johns Hopkins University. He arrived at Johns Hopkins in 1969 and rose through the faculty ranks, attaining the rank of professor in 1975. He served as chair of the department of physics and astronomy from 1984-1987.
Armstrong received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1966-67), and spent two years as a Senior Physicist at the Westinghouse Research Center in Pittsburgh before going to Johns Hopkins.