Outstanding Alumni Awards - Michael Troy

Michael Troy
Michael Troy ’81

Michael Troy’s philosophy as an alumnus can be summed up in two words: Say yes. He’s said yes to volunteering, yes to returning to campus as a lecturer, and yes to serving as an alumni-elected trustee.

An agricultural economics major and Cornell baseball recruit, Troy went on to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago and have a 27-year career with Goldman Sachs. Working in security sales and management for institutional clients including universities, banks and governments, he retired in 2011 as a partner and managing director of the Goldman Sachs Group for Fixed Income, Currency, and

Commodities. His retirement was short-lived, however, and he soon returned to Goldman Sachs part-time as advisory director and global head of Alumni Relations.

In retirement, he also became a visiting lecturer in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, commuting weekly to Ithaca for eight semesters to teach a course called A Practitioner's Overview of Securities Markets and Investment Banking. He described his role during office hours as being part consiglieri, part professor, giving students advice on resumes and job searches based on his years of experience at Goldman Sachs.

Troy is currently a trustee and member of the President’s Circle Committee, the Major Gifts Committee, the Class of 1981 Class Council, the Dyson Undergraduate Advisory Council, and the Athletics Advisory Council, and he is a former member of the Cornell University Council. He and his wife, Alison Armour Troy, live in Greenwich, Conn., and have two children, Dylan ’16 and Christopher ’18.