Greetings from Beijing. Last year in this space we mentioned the launch of a campaign to recruit additional Advisory Council members. I’m delighted to report that seven new members have been added to our ranks: 2 former Faculty Directors of the Center who have recently retired from CU (Dennis McGilvray and Laurel Rasplica Rodd) and 5 community members (France Addington- Lee, Hans Von Meister, Chris Yager, Stan Harsha, and Lee Strongwater). Each new member brings new skills & ideas, new networks and new energy to the Council. Welcome!
The new interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Jim White, and new Associate Dean responsible for CAS, Theresa Hernandez, joined our Fall meeting where we had a wide-ranging discussion about the importance of the Center and the challenges it faces. We look forward to their ongoing proactive support for the Center, including working towards stable funding over a 3-5 year time horizon.
Other sections of the Newsletter bring you up to date on the impressive array of programs and activities supported by the Center. I continue to be struck by the tremendous potential of the University and the broader community along the Front Range to understand and highlight the importance of Asia, to nurture and promote a global world view as a central element of CU’s mission, and to build bridges between Boulder and Asia. CU Boulder has been working on a new “internationalization strategy.” We trust that the excellent recommendations from the 2010 review of internationalization will be both built upon and, most importantly, implemented.
George Taylor, CAS Advisory Council Chair