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College of Business names new COO

Tuesday, February 3 2015 05:00pm

OHIO alumnus Phillip Taylor III brings diverse background to new role.

Phillip Taylor
ATHENS — Ohio University’s College of Business has named Dr. Phillip Taylor III as its new chief operating officer.

Taylor is an OHIO alumnus with a background in molecular biology and business administration, and has been an active member of the College of Business Executive Advisory Board since 2005.

“We are pleased to announce one of our distinguished alumni as our COO,” said Dean Hugh Sherman. “We are confident that Phil’s diverse experience in academics and operational management will bring distinct advantages to us in the College of Business.”

Taylor is the former Dean of Science, Liberal Arts, and Business at Paul Smith’s College, an institution focused on experimental education in the six-million-acre Adirondack State Park in upstate New York. There, he authored a proposal to amend the college’s charter, restructured general education curriculum to include liberal arts professional studies, increased international study and student travel experiences, and forged partnerships with local businesses to create mutually beneficial programs and internship opportunities.

Prior to his position at Paul Smith’s, Taylor served as a faculty member and then Chair of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Glenville State College, where he developed new organizations, events, and academic programs. He was also the founding director of the Presidential Scholars Program.

As COO for Ohio University’s College of Business, Taylor will provide oversight and leadership for all academic support functions for graduate programs, six academic departments, and five Centers of Excellence.

“In addition to his broad background in education, Phil brings strong visionary and fiscally responsible leadership to the College of Business,” continued Sherman. “We know that the students, faculty, and staff will benefit from his thoughtful and strategic approach.”

Taylor received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and M.B.A. in Business Administration from Ohio University. He holds a Master’s degree in Biology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from East Stroudsburg University. He is a Certified University Planner through the Society for College and University Planning. His professional development includes a Management Development program from Harvard University and Proactive Leadership in Higher Education program from Cornell University.