Saturday, January 20, 2007

Former Rice President elected to Chair Vietnam Education Foundation

Malcolm G. Gillis, Zingler Professor of Economics at Rice University, has been elected chairman of the Vietnam Education Foundation’s board of directors, Houston Business Journal reported on Thursday.

US President George W. Bush first appointed Gillis to the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) board in April 2005.

From 1993-2004, Gillis served as the president of Rice University in Houston.

He began his career at Duke University as an assistant professor of economics, then spent 15 years at Harvard University before returning to Duke in 1984 as a professor of economics and public policy. From 1986 to 1993 he served as vice provost and later dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences.

In 2004, he returned to Duke as a visiting professor at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and a distinguished research fellow at the Duke Center for International Development. Serving on its board of governors, Gillis was instrumental in the establishment and development of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Gillis is noted for his academic research in the areas of fiscal reform and environmental policy.

“Malcolm Gillis is an outstanding leader in academia and is dedicated to international development,” said Frank Jao, the outgoing chairman of VEF. “He is exceptionally able to help VEF further its mission of building Viet Nam’s capacity in science and technology through educational exchange and thereby strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Viet Nam.”

VEF is a special initiative by the U.S. Congress to bring the U.S. and Vietnam closer through educational exchanges related to science and technology.

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