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Ursinus College President Bobby Fong Dies at 64

posted by Randall

Bobby FongOne of the few Asian American college presidents in the country has died at the age of 64, reports Philly.com.

Bobby Fong has served as president of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania since 2011.

He also served at president of Butler University from 2001 to 2010 and is one of just 20 Asian American college presidents in the country, according to WRTV.

“He was an inspiring leader in higher education and had an unflinching commitment to liberal education,” Lucien “Terry” Winegar, executive vice president for academic affairs and dean at Ursinus said. “He was dedicated to Ursinus College and was so very proud of our faculty, students and staff. He had a long and distinguished career that included two presidencies, two deanships and a well-earned reputation for his scholarship. He will be missed, both on our campus and within higher education nationally.”

In his last commencement address at Butler, Fong said
“Freedom is a means to larger ends,” he said. “You are freed from the chains of received knowledge, fear of difference, and the expectations of others, but I urge you to consider that true living is in binding yourself in promise to those you love. Such promises, freely given, are the bases of lifelong commitment in marriage, in friendship, in service to community, nation, and the world.”

 

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