恭喜母校覓得一位新校長。在香港科大讀書的時候，有幸和朱經武校長(Paul Chu)在校園小徑里相遇并閑聊，深感科大有這樣的好校長非常幸運。事實上，朱經武因其務實開明作風在擔任科大校長的的七年間一直被評選為香港人最喜歡的大學校長。期待Tony Chan會把HKUST推向新的高峰。
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Dear Students, Colleagues, and Alumni:
Appointment of Our Next President
1. I am delighted to let you know that the University Council has just given its unanimous approval to the appointment of Prof Tony Chan (陳繁昌) as President of HKUST for a term of five years with effect from 1 September 2009 to succeed Prof Paul Chu, who is leaving us this August. Nothing gives me greater pleasure and pride to share this good news with you.
2. Prof Chan comes to us with an impeccable academic pedigree. He is currently Assistant Director of the U.S. National Sciences Foundation (NSF) in charge of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, the largest directorate at NSF. In this position, Prof Chan guides and manages a budget of almost HK$10 billion a year to support a wide range of cutting edge scientific research.
3. Before joining the NSF, Prof Chan was Dean of Physical Sciences at UCLA.
4. A native son of Hong Kong, Prof Chan was a student at Salesian College and Queen’s College before leaving for studies in the U.S. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Caltech and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.
5. As the appended brief biography of Prof Chan shows, he is a rare breed of three-in-one: a visionary leader, a pre-eminent scientist, and a world-class administrator.
6. Among his notable achievements must be mentioned the key role he played in developing the proposal and securing NSF funding to set up the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA to spur collaborations between Mathematics and other branches of science and engineering. Securing NSF funding to establish this second mathematics institute in California when there is already another successful one was considered an almost impossible task. But nothing was impossible to Prof Chan.
7. In doing so, Prof Chan had little resources to summon except his own conviction and sense of mission.
8. In the years to come, this university faces an array of challenges against which we must summon the same spirit and determination. Prof Chan’s pioneering efforts in interdisciplinary collaboration is the very excellence this university is striving for. I ask that each and every member of the university community join me in rallying behind Prof Chan to fashion a future that our community, our country, and even humanity can be excited about.
9. Our incumbent President Prof Paul Chu deserves a huge vote of gratitude from all of us for his distinguished services in taking this university to new levels of recognition around the world.
10. Under Prof Chan’s spirited leadership, united in purpose and fueled by single-hearted commitment from all of us, I am sure HKUST’s future will be even more remarkable than its past.
11. Against a global demand for top academic leadership, this university has been much blessed in finding Prof Chan to take the helm at this crucial stage of our development. We are all grateful for the invaluable input from the Students’ Union and various colleagues.
12. Individual thanks are also due to Members of the Search Committee: Vice-Chairman of the Council Dr Michael Mak, Council Member Mr Herbert S. Cheng Jr., Prof Tony Eastham, Prof Mohamed Ghidaoui, Prof Li Jian Shu, Prof Francis Lui, Prof Angelina Yee, and Ms Yvonne Ho.
With warm regards,