Yale-NUS College announces governing board

The Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) has announced the members of its founding governing board.

Leading the board is Asian business leader Kay Kuok, the noted executive chair of Shangri-La Hotel Limited and a member of National University of Singapore’s (NUS) board of trustees. Other members of the board include industry leaders from Singapore and the United States, a senior official from the Singapore Ministry of Education, a leading liberal arts college president, and the presidents of Yale University and NUS.

The 10 members of the Yale-NUS Governing Board will serve three-year terms beginning in 2011. 

Yale-NUS College, an autonomous school of NUS, was established in April this year in a launch witnessed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The school is a landmark collaboration between Yale University and NUS.

Kuok notes: “We believe strongly that there is a need in today’s changing world for a top-quality undergraduate education that teaches students to think critically, prepares them for leadership in all sectors of society, and offers a full residential college experience. The lively co-curricular activities and exciting global study abroad and internship opportunities will contribute to developing the whole person.

“I see the opportunity to develop a novel, world-class educational experience as a rare privilege,” she adds. “The board and I are deeply committed to working with the leadership of Yale-NUS on an education that will draw from both Yale and NUS, a truly distinctive experience that will develop the brightest students into future leaders for Asia, and the world.”

The Yale-NUS campus will be built next to NUS’ University Town along Clementi Road, in close proximity to world-class research and entrepreneurial hubs as well as the NUS Kent Ridge Campus. About 150 students are expected to matriculate in August 2013. Yale-NUS will be home to 1,000 students.

The Yale-NUS governing board is expected to provide strategic direction and oversight of the college, and will be instrumental in the appointment of the college president and faculty.

In addition to Kuok, the board members are:

Gautam Banerjee, executive chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Roland Betts, founder and chair, Chelsea Piers, L.P.

Chong Siak Ching, president and CEO, Ascendas Pte Ltd

Catharine Bond Hill, president, Vassar College

Richard C. Levin, president, Yale University

Linda K. Lorimer, vice president and secretary, Yale University

Ng Cher Pong, deputy secretary (policy), Singapore Ministry of Education

Clark T. Randt Jr. president, Randt & Co. LLC

Tan Chorh Chuan, president, National University of Singapore.

Read the board members’ complete biographies.