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Saint John’s University, founded in 1857, with a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,900, is a nationally leading liberal arts university which provides students with a highly engaged learning experience, preparing them for leadership in a global society. Over 600 Bahamians have attended Saint John’s.
Mr. Galanis is a graduate of Saint Augustine’s College in 1971 and Saint John’s University 1975, Mr. Galanis is the second Bahamian to serve on the Board of Trustees. Prince Wallace was the first Bahamian to serve in that capacity.
Regarding his appointment, Michael Hemesath, President of Saint John’s University commented: “I am deeply grateful for Phil’s commitment to Saint John’s and I look forward to working with him as a co-member of the Board.”
Mr. Galanis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy, with honors, from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Mr. Galanis worked at Arthur Andersen in New York City, is the former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in The Bahamas and now runs his own firm, HLB Galanis & Co, Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services which he formed in 1998. The Firm has offices in Nassau, Freeport and Providencialis in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
In his 37 years in public accounting, Mr. Galanis has gained extensive experience in auditing, corporate finance, liquidations, receiverships, forensic accounting, and litigation support services.
Mr. Galanis has served as President of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants from 1988 to 1992 and as President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean from 1995 to 1997, the first Bahamian to hold that position.
He has also served fifteen years in Parliament, one term in the House of Assembly and two terms in the Senate. He is presently the Chairman of The Bahamas Trade Commission and was recently appointed the country’s Chief Negotiator in negotiations related to The Bahamas’ accession to the World Trade Organization.
Mr. Galanis writes a weekly column in the Nassau Guardian entitled: Consider This.
He is married to Tonya Bastian Galanis, the Principal of the Eugene Dupuch Law School and Chairman of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas. They have one daughter, Zoë.