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Taylor, Phillip III

Chief Operating Officer

Office of the Dean
Copeland 614A


BA '88, East Stroudsburgh University

MS '91, East Stroudsburgh University

PhD '97, Ohio University

Professional Experience

Phillip A. Taylor III is an experienced college administrator whose career is marked by major contributions to curriculum development, accreditation, fundraising, and learning enhancement. With a joint background in academics and business management, Dr. Taylor offers a unique ability to optimize department efficiency and cost savings while maintaining a strong focus on academic goals and principles underscored by strong faculty support and a commitment to providing students with a high-quality and functional education. 

In 2004, Dr. Taylor was selected as the Dean of Science, Liberal Arts, and Business at Paul Smith’s College. As dean, he authored a proposal to amend the college’s charter, paving the way for Paul Smith’s to offer a Bachelor of Arts. Serving as the co-chair of Regional Accreditation planning committee, Dr. Taylor played a key-role in restructuring general education curriculum and consistently promotes programs to enhance classroom teaching and encourage information sharing between faculty members. Dr. Taylor has been active in accreditation, trained as an accreditation consultant for other New York higher education institutions in addition to integral involvement in the college’s own accreditation processes, and has forged numerous partnerships with local businesses to create mutually beneficial programs and internship opportunities.

Prior to his position with Paul Smith’s, Dr. Taylor served as a faculty member for the Division of Arts and Sciences at Glenville State College. In 2002 he was appointed as department chair and then became one of two division chairs for the college with responsibility for managing faculty, programs, and budgets for 9 departments. Leveraging his exceptional business acumen, Dr. Taylor drove the division, which had previously operated at a loss, to achieve a surplus within one year, despite a state-mandated budget reduction. Dr. Taylor’s contributions to improving education at Glenville are numerous. They include a primary role in the development and operation of “The Little Kanawha Watershed Education and Research Center” (LKWERC), an on-campus, non-profit facility, reorganization of the biology department and establishment of a new degree and concentration options, and establishment of a recognition and resource-sharing program for adjunct faculty that dramatically improved out-of-class student contact. 

From 2000 to 2003, while at Glenville State College, Dr. Taylor also served as the founding director of the Presidential Scholars program, which he designed around the honors college model, incorporating a strong community service component. His work with this program contributed to his receipt of both of the Presidential Award of Excellence and the Teacher of the Year awards in 2001.

Dr. Taylor received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and M.B.A. in Business Administration from Ohio University concentrating on The Management of Technical Professionals. He holds a Master’s degree in Biology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from East Stroudsburg University. Dr. Taylor 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.