Alexis Phylactopoulos’s commitment to cosmopolitan and internationalist ideals, and his empathy with the dispossessed, derives, at least in part, through knowledge of his parents’ displacement from the Greek Diaspora.
After studying in Athens, he earned post-graduate degrees at Princeton and at the University of Cambridge. His early career was as a diplomat in Washington, D.C. (1976–1981) and Mexico City (1981–1984). In 1987, Alexis took over the leadership of CYA.
Popularly known by generations of students as Mr. Phyl, he has devoted his distinguished career to impart “Greece’s ancient and contemporary civilization and culture to American university students.”
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