Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.

Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. is an economist who has had distinguished careers in philanthropy, foreign international development, higher education, diplomacy and business. He spent twenty-two years working in international development in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Dr. Wharton was president of Michigan State University from 1970 to 1977, at which time he became Chancellor of the State University of New York System. He served as chairman and CEO of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and the College Retirement Equities Fund from 1987 to 1993.

Dr. Wharton was a foreign policy advisor to six U.S. presidents and was appointed Deputy Secretary of State in 1993. Dr. Wharton served as director of the New York Stock Exchange and Harcourt General and a Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and the College Retirement Equities Fund Overseer.

Dr. Wharton earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University, a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in international affairs from John Hopkins University.