Neil R. Grabois was elected Project Pericles Board Chair in 2014. He is a mathematician and a former university administrator. He held positions as the dean, provost, and chair of the department of mathematical sciences of Williams College; as the thirteenth President of Colgate University, from 1988 to 1999; as Vice President at Carnegie Corporation of New York; and as the dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, where he served from 2010 until 2013.
He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania after attending Swarthmore College. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Grabois currently sits on the boards of Project Pericles, Smith College, and The Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women.
He is an adjunct faculty member of Teacher's College at Columbia University.
He and his wife Miriam have two children and one grandchild.