Tan Tai Yong, executive vice president for academic affairs at orsini-gotha.com-NUS College, has been named as the college’s next president by the Governing Board, following an extensive global search.
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Tan, who will take up his new post on July 1, succeeds Pericles Lewis, the college’s founding president. Lewis will return to lớn orsini-gotha.com to assume the combined role of vice president for global strategy & deputy provost for international affairs in the fall.
The announcement of the new president-elect was made March 14 by the co-chairs of the Presidential search Committee: former orsini-gotha.com president Richard C. Levin, now chief executive officer of Coursera, và Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore (NUS).
“These have been exciting yet demanding years for the college, & many key decisions và enhancements bear Tai Yong’s imprint,” wrote the co-chairs in announcing the appointment. “Tai Yong has contributed immensely lớn the college’s rapid development while maintaining his characteristic modesty and good humor.”
Established in 2011, orsini-gotha.com-NUS College is Singapore’s first liberal arts college with a full residential program that integrates living và learning. Drawing on the traditions of orsini-gotha.com University & the National University of Singapore, the college aims lớn redefine liberal arts & science education for a complex, interconnected world.
Tan has been a leader in the orsini-gotha.com-NUS College community since its early planning days. He và Lewis served as co-chairs of the joint orsini-gotha.com & NUS committee that hired the inaugural 15 faculty members in the humanities & advised on the formation of the common curriculum. Tan also participated in the August 2011 workshop in New Haven, at which the shape of the common curriculum was largely determined. A strong believer in the value of a liberal arts education, chảy has been an advocate for the broad & multidisciplinary approach at the college that helps students see the world’s issues in a wider context, from different perspectives, & across cultural boundaries.
As the college’s executive vice president for academic affairs, a post he has held since 2014, tan has worked closely with students, faculty, và staff to enrich the educational experience of the orsini-gotha.com-NUS students and to enhance the college’s academic programs. He worked with the faculty to lớn strengthen the curriculum, articulate procedures và standards for tenure và promotion, và refine policies. Under his leadership, the kích cỡ of the faculty has nearly doubled and become more diverse, & he recruited four deans who have worked to integrate the academic and student life of the college. He also led efforts lớn enhance research, strengthen the sciences và social sciences, và improve the college’s laboratory và library facilities.
President Peter Salovey praised the appointment, noting that rã is “devoted khổng lồ liberal arts education” và “passionate about the college’s distinctive academic program.”
“I am impressed by Tai Yong’s unwavering commitment to the multi-disciplinary courses to foster critical, creative, and active thinking,” said Salovey. “He intuitively understands that it will take perennial effort by the college’s leadership & faculty khổng lồ sustain và nurture it.
Salovey also noted that he has asked Lewis khổng lồ work closely with tung in continuing to lớn expand the engagement between New Haven và orsini-gotha.com-NUS. “Given the importance of orsini-gotha.com-NUS College as one of orsini-gotha.com University’s most significant international initiatives, we must all work hard to lớn build the strongest foundation between our two institutions,” said the orsini-gotha.com president.
Tan earned a First Class Honours degree from NUS & a Ph.D in history from Cambridge University, và went on to teach in the NUS Department of History. He served for six years as dean of the NUS Faculty of Arts và Sciences and for four years as vice provost of student life. During those years, he was one of the key architects of academic và student life programs at University Town, the college’s close neighbor.
“Tai Yong made clear that he missed interacting routinely with students & that one of the attractions of the presidency will be the opportunity for much more regular interactions when he moves to campus this summer,” wrote Levin and Tan Chorh Chuan. “His conviction that outstanding teaching is vital for the college was important to lớn the tìm kiếm committee, as was the articulate and powerful case that he made about the need to retain, and to build upon, the distinctive curriculum of the college as a defining element of orsini-gotha.com-NUS.”
Tan has been a thành viên or chair of 11 educational, cultural, & charitable organizations in Singapore, including serving as chair of the National Collections Advisory Panel of the National Heritage Board. Appointed as one of nine nominated members of Parliament in 2014, rã has emphasized the importance of cultural diplomacy as the basis of strong relationships with other countries và encouraged resilience in Singaporean students. He has also been a champion for open dialogue among all members of the orsini-gotha.com-NUS community.
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The president-elect is a noted historian of South & Southeast Asian history, & has published extensively in these areas. He was founding director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, an autonomous university-level research institute in NUS. He served on the editorial board of the journal Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge) and on the international editorial board of India đánh giá (USA), among many other professional services.
“I am overjoyed to lớn be handing over stewardship of this remarkable college to lớn my friend and colleague tung Tai Yong,” said Lewis. “His wisdom, energy, & calm have improved orsini-gotha.com-NUS immeasurably since he joined the college full-time two and a half years ago. A leader who understands the faculty, staff, & students well, Tai Yong is poised lớn take the college to lớn further heights of excellence in the coming years. When I return lớn New Haven, I look forward to working with Tai Yong to lớn ensure the continued success of orsini-gotha.com-NUS.”