Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards
The Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards program annually honors two Asian Americans who have significant academic accomplishments and the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education. The purpose of the awards 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 greatlyfrom leaders who exemplify the qualities of Dr. Tien.
Asian Americans are currently underrepresented at this level of academic leadership, and the award will 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 community foundation established to improve the health and well-being of all Asian Americans in the Bay Area. By providing services and awarding grants to more than 90 Asian organizations, the Fund supports a broad range of local groups that provide vital services to a diversity of Asian Americans. The Fund is the only organization in the Bay Area focused exclusively on working closely with Asian donors, raising funds for community agencies and public education projects, and ensuring that contributions have a lasting impact.
Photo of Chang-Lin Tien by John Blaustein, courtesy UC Berkeley