Philip H. Bartels
Chair of the Board
Philip H. Bartels is an attorney with Shipman & Goodwin LLP, one of Connecticut's largest law firms. He is of counsel to the firm.
Mr. Bartels currently focuses on federal court litigation and pro bono work for Shipman & Goodwin, concentrating on corporate governance, contracts and litigation for tax-exempt organizations. He is a former magistrate of the Connecticut Superior Court, and early in his career, served as an associate in the Corporate and Litigation departments of the Hartford law firm of Day, Berry & Howard.
Mr. Bartels has served on several boards and committees for Cornell University, including the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations and the Cornell Council, and most recently as the vice president for the Class of 1971. He is a member of the administrative board of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., on the board of trustees for the Paleontological Research Institution, also in Ithaca, and is former counsel and president of the Greenwich, Conn. Audubon Society. Mr. Bartels was the vice chair of the board of governors of the University of New Haven for six years and was named chair in 2012. He is the son of Henry and Nancy Bartels, who are among the University's most generous benefactors. Among a number of initiatives, the Bartels fund the Bartels Fellowship and an endowed scholarship, and have made significant gifts for the renovation and refurbishment of Bartels Hall, the campus center. The University of New Haven awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2011.
Mr. Bartels graduated from Cornell University cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Government and from the University of Chicago Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.
Mr. Bartels and his wife, Susan Stappers Bartels, have two children. They live in Riverside, Conn.