The Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award recognizes Asian Americans with significant academic accomplishments with the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education. The purpose of the award program is to recognize and promote the professional development and advancement of Asian Americans as leaders of colleges and universities.

Established to honor the legacy of Chang-Lin Tien, the first Asian American to head a major U.S. research university as chancellor of University of California, Berkeley from 1990 to 1997, the award was created to inspire more Asian Americans to aspire to the leadership exemplified by Dr. Tien. High quality institutions of higher education are essential to our nation’s future, and the U.S. economy is increasingly intertwined with the economies of Asian nations. Asian American leaders of higher education, like Dr. Tien, bring a commitment to excellence, unique talents, and an ability to make vital connections to Asia. Institutions of higher education, particularly U.S. public universities and colleges, benefit greatly from leaders who exemplify the qualities of Dr. Tien.

Asian Americans are currently underrepresented at this level of academic leadership, and the award draws attention to individuals who are able to take on these positions.

Chang-Lin Tien was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to strengthening the Bay Area’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We help donors achieve their philanthropic goals, support organizations that serve our most vulnerable, and raise awareness about pressing community needs.

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