Philip O. Geier
Davis United World College Scholars Program
The Davis United World Scholars Program is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program for undergraduates. Beginning in 2001 with five pilot schools, the program currently awards grants to approximately 1700 scholars from more than 130 countries enrolled at over 90 U.S. colleges and universities in order to further internationalize the American undergraduate experience and to build a network of future leaders around the world. Annual grants exceeding $25 million support scholarships for graduates of the United World College schools who matriculate at institutions invited to participate in the program. The program's underlying principles include: private philanthropy as an innovative force; experiential learning as an essential tool for fostering international understanding; building clusters of internationally-oriented scholars on American campuses; achieving an overarching purpose while leaving each college and university to build on its own particular strengths. The program is funded by philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis and is headquartered at Middlebury College.
Geier Consulting Services
Jointly with Amy Yeager Geier, Geier Consulting offers specialized advising to major philanthropists and leaders of educational and other non-profit organizations which are at critical stages of considering strategic ideas and opportunities. Our approach is to provide outside and seasoned perspectives for today's decision-makers who are thinking about the future. Our process of engagement may be limited to very preliminary and informal considerations or more formalized as project analysis and development. Content areas include: international education; institutional innovation and change; strategic planning; leadership issues; philanthropy and fundraising; marketing and communications; non-profit management; and entrepreneurial ideas.
Board of Trustees
Monterey Institute of International Studies
The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is a specialized of graduate school that focuses on preparing professionals for business, public sector, and non-profit positions in the international arena. It became affiliated with Middlebury College in 2005. It has a strong commitment to foreign language competency as the cornerstone of international education. The Institute currently encompasses four graduate schools: Graduate School of International Policy Studies (GSIPS), Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation (GSTI), Fisher Graduate School of International Business (FGSIB), and Graduate School of Language and Educational Linguistics (GSLEL)
Global Advisory Board
Institute for Global Citizenship
The Institute for Global Citizenship is a comprehensive effort among students, faculty and community partners to develop "global citizen leaders" and to find, in the words of former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan, "new dialogue among countries, cultures and communities." The Advisory Board provides strategic direction and visibility for the Institute.
PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
United World College-USA
United World College-USA and its affiliates worldwide combine academics and experiential education to provide a unique, two-year program for outstanding students, ages 16-19. Brought together on scholarships from all regions of the world, students pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, develop leadership skills and a commitment to service as they move from secondary to higher education. During my tenure, I introduced a nationwide scholarship competition for American teenagers which awards 100 full-merit scholarships for winners to attend one of the United World College schools in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Venezuela, Wales and the United States. Other highlights included: establishing an institute for the constructive engagement of conflict; fully revamping the historic landmark campus and adding new facilities for technology, physical activities, student and faculty residences; and leading the largest capital campaign ever in the U.S. for international education. When I stepped down, the Board appointed me both President Emeritus and a Distinguished Trustee for life.
Board of Directors
Served for six years on the Fulbright Association Board (1993-1999), the final two as its President and Chairman. Subsequently I served on the Fulbright Prize Committee overseeing the yearly selection of a notable laureate who is awarded the "J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding" which I helped to create as a mechanism to elevate the status of the Fulbright program at a time of federal government budget cutting in the 1990s. Recipients to date have included: Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Franz Vranitzky, Corazon Aquino and Vaclav Havel.
World Learning Inc.
(formerly The Experiment in International Living)
World Learning, founded in 1932 as The Experiment in International Living, is a diverse, non-profit international education organization. Its programs include international student exchanges, language training, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and cross-cultural training in developing nations. Over my ten years of association, "The Experiment" and its School for International Training (SIT) grew from a $7 million to a $55 million operating budget as a result of program innovation, government relations, a capital campaign, and a corporate name change. While at World Learning, I was awarded a second Fulbright to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1988.
American Farm School
The American Farm School provides degree programs at the secondary and tertiary levels to Greek (and now E.U.) students in rural development. As an American 501(c)3, it is funded in large part by private contributions in the U.S. and through capital grants from USAID. As Associate Director linking the campus in Greece and its Office of the Trustees in New York, I was responsible for board relations, fundraising, government and public relations, and the development of programs of summer work and cultural immersion for American students.
Acting Executive Director
The French-American Foundation
New York, New York
Following a year as a Fulbright lecturer at the Sorbonne, I joined this bi-national operating foundation supporting professional and cultural exchanges, scholarships and academic programs between France and the U.S. Though a temporary post—filling in for the Executive Director who was on extended medical leave—I was introduced to the philanthropic world and non-profit management.
University of Paris
Lecturer in American Studies, including American foreign policy and American race relations, at University of Paris I and IV. As the only social scientist among the Fulbrighters in France that year, I was frequently sponsored by the American Embassy to travel and give lectures on contemporary American civilization to teachers of English.
Instructor of History and American Studies
Syracuse, New York
Taught undergraduates while researching and writing my doctoral dissertation on the history of jurisdictional conflicts between federal, state and Native Americans over land claims.
U.S. Naval Officer
Newport, Rhode Island; Athens, Georgia; Saigon, Vietnam
Supply Corps Officer in Navy headquarters in Saigon, following commissioning at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and business training at Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia.
1980 Syracuse University
Ph.D. in American Studies and History
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Dissertation: "A Peculiar Status" analyzed treaties and cultural conflicts between the new American federal government, the original states, and Native American tribes in the early years of the American republic and their implications for the present.
1975 Syracuse University
M.A. in History
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
1970 Williams College
B.A. with Honors in American Civilization
Council on Foreign Relations, New York, New York
Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, California
Middlebury College (2008)
Macalester College (2008)
Methodist University (2007)
Pine Manor College (2007)