Professor Feng Youmei officially becomes the Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University in September 2018 ... more
Professor Feng Youmei officially becomes the Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University in September 2018.
Born in December 1958, Professor Feng graduated from Tongji Medical University in medicine in 1982, and earned her M.S. in Biochemistry in 1987. She was a visiting researcher in Ohio State University in the U.S. from 1987 to 1989. She participated in the Chinese University Leaders Training Programs held by Ministry of Education in France and Germany in 2004, and in the U.S. in 2011. From 2000 to 2012, she has successively served as a key member of university senior leadership team of Tongji Medical University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and was appointed the Executive Vice President of Wuhan University in May 2012.
Professor Feng has long been engaged in the administration of higher education and has extensive valuable experiences in faculty hiring and faculty development as well as management and reform on education and teaching. She has successively served as the Vice Chairwoman for Medical Education Committee of China Association of Higher Education; the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Compensation Management Research Branch of China Association of Higher Education; the Chairwoman for Medical Education Society of Hubei Medical Association; Chairwoman for Hubei Provincial Association for the Study of Teachers; the Deputy Director for Basic Medical Education Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education; the Founding Editor in Chief for Global Health Research and Policy Journal; member of the Expert Panel for the Evaluation of Undergraduate Education, and member of the Expert Panel for the Accreditation of Medical Education under Ministry of Education; and the Deputy Director for The Seventh National Assessment Committee of 5-year Undergraduate Clinical Medicine Education in Higher Education Institutions. Having led more than twenty projects at the national, provincial, and ministerial levels, she has also won three provincial and ministerial teaching and research awards, as well as one first prize of Teaching Achievement Award of Hubei Higher Education Institutions as one of the major responsible persons in 2018. She received special government allowance from the State Council.
As Executive Vice President of Wuhan University, Professor Feng has vigorously promoted the international exchanges, human resources management, and medical education development for the University. She has enhanced the international reputation and influence of Wuhan University by expanding the international exchange channels and elevating the exchange levels; continuously improved the quality of faculties by organizing and implementing the reform of the personnel system, strengthening the measures of recruiting oversea talents and nurturing local ones; and effectively improved the quality of medical education through firmly promoting the comprehensive reform of integrated medical education and establishing a medical personnel training system that meets the requirements of the new era. close
Alfred Bloom, Ph.D.
Dr. Alfred Bloom is the Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. Before joining the Duke Kunshan University leadership team in July 2020, Dr. Bloom served as the founding vice chancellor of NYU-Abu Dhabi from 2008-2019,... more
Dr. Alfred Bloom is the Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. Before joining the Duke Kunshan University leadership team in July 2020, Dr. Bloom served as the founding vice chancellor of NYU-Abu Dhabi from 2008-2019, directing the planning, development and operations of one of the most successful international higher education ventures in recent years. Under his leadership, NYU-Abu Dhabi grew to enroll nearly 1,500 students from 115 countries, recruited more than 300 research and teaching faculty from around the world and, since its first graduating class in 2014, saw 14 students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Before assuming his position at NYU-Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bloom served for 18 years as president of Swarthmore College, consistently ranked as one of the top three liberal arts colleges in the United States. During his tenure, Swarthmore was widely recognized for expanding financial aid, student diversity and the depth and breadth of its programs. He also led the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s 150-year history.
A scholar of psychology and language with a special focus on Chinese language and culture, Dr. Bloom graduated from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He began his academic career as a member of the Swarthmore faculty and served as associate provost, director of the linguistics program and coordinator of Asian Studies. He then held a series of executive positions at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, including dean of faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and executive vice president, before returning to Swarthmore as president in 1991. He also serves as Professor of the Practice in Global Studies at Duke University. close
Scott MacEachern, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Scott MacEachern is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and a Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.A. (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Prince Edward Island, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (1991). Before 2018, he was Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College.... more
Dr. Scott MacEachern is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and a Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.A. (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Prince Edward Island, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (1991). Before 2018, he was Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Dr. MacEachern joined Duke Kunshan University as one of the founding faculty in its undergraduate degree program in August 2018 and was appointed as the inaugural Divisional Chair of Social Sciences later that year. He worked closely with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies on matters concerning the management and development of the undergraduate program, and with the Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development on curriculum design and faculty recruitment. Currently as the Chief Academic Officer at Duke Kunshan University, Dr. MacEachern works closely with the Chancellors to provide strategic academic leadership and to ensure the highest quality of educational programs and research activities. He has primary responsibility for recruitment of world-class faculty, faculty development and retention, as well as faculty appointment, promotion and tenure. He is also responsible for all academic and research-related university policies and procedures, and he oversees all academic and related units that support the teaching and research mission.
Dr. MacEachern’s archaeological research focuses on the southern Lake Chad Basin of Central Africa. His main research interests are in the origins of ancient Africa states, international cultural heritage management, and African and global archaeogenetics. His most recent book is “Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa.” He has served as President of the Society of African Archaeologists, and was elected chair of both the Faculty Governance Committee and the Promotions and Tenure Committee at Bowdoin. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include Cultures and Movements, Anthropology and Archaeology. close
Xiaolin Chang, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Government Relations
Dr. Chang Xiaolin is Vice Chancellor for Government Relations of Duke Kunshan University. At Wuhan University, he is also a tier-two professor of hydraulic engineering, doctoral advisor, Luojia Distinguished Scholar, recipient of special government allowance from the State Council... more
Dr. Chang Xiaolin is Vice Chancellor for Government Relations of Duke Kunshan University. At Wuhan University, he is also a tier-two professor of hydraulic engineering, doctoral advisor, Luojia Distinguished Scholar, recipient of special government allowance from the State Council, and academic leader of the discipline of hydraulic structure engineering. Besides, he is the Standing Director of the Chinese National Committee on Large Dams, Standing Director of China's Hydropower Engineering Society, President of Hubei Society of Hydropower Engineering, member of the Chinese National Energy Industry Hydropower Survey and Design Standardization Technical Committee, member of the Technical Committee of National Energy Hydropower Engineering Technology R&D Center, member of Hubei Association For Science and Technology, Standing Director of the Jiangsu Higher Education Association, and expert member of Sino-foreign Educational Cooperation Assessment of the Ministry of Education.
After getting his B.S. degree of hydraulic structure engineering at Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering in 1983, he continued his graduate studies and received his Ph.D. degree in 1988. Then he worked for teaching and researching and promoted to professor in 1996 at the same university. He has been to France (1995 at the Ecole Centrale de Paris) and Canada (2003 at the University of Alberta) as a visiting scholar with the national sponsorship.
He took the position of Associate Director of the Graduate School of the Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, and then the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Wuhan University as well as its Division Chief for Student Cultivation for 8 years, and the director of Office of Development Planning and Disciplinary Construction of Wuhan University for 4 years. He also once served as vice mayor of Shiyan City, Hubei Province for two years and a half. He took the position of Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at Duke Kunshan University in 2013.
In addition to the administrative work, Prof. Chang also devotes himself to his scientific research. His research mainly covers the analysis of structure safety and new theories of the three major type dams, namely, roller compacted concrete dam, concrete faced rockfill dam, and high arch dam. He has led or participated in over 80 state-level projects including NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China) key projects, national key scientific and technological projects, and national science-technology support plan projects. 10 of his scientific research achievements are recognized as leading in the world by provincial departments: one project won the second prize of the 2010 National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology (New Theories and Engineering Applications on the Overall Stability and Safety Control of High Concrete Dam, ranked the first); and the other 9 projects won the Provincial Prize for Progress in Science and Technology (including one outstanding winner and four first prizes). His research findings have been applied in more than 40 national key hydropower projects such as the Three Gorges Project, Xiaolangdi, Longtan, Xiaowan, Shuibuya, Xiangjiaba, Goupitan, Xiluodu, Jinping, Nuozhadu, Jin'anqiao, Guanyinyan, Dagangshan, Shuangjiangkou, Baihetan, Gushui, Rumei, and Cihaxia Hydropower Project. He has published more than 240 articles in Chinese and international journals, of which more than 80 articles are included in SCI and EI. He has obtained 4 national invention patents, 4 new utility model patents, and 4 software copyrights. He has supervised over 90 Ph.D. students and graduate students. close
Hui Li, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to Chancellors for Partner and External Relations
Hui Li is senior advisor to chancellors of Duke Kunshan University for partner and external relations. Li previously served as deputy director of the International Office and director of the Office of Duke Kunshan Affairs at Wuhan University managing Wuhan’s role in the partnership with Duke University and Kunshan City to create Duke Kunshan University. Been a Professor ... more
Hui Li is senior advisor to chancellors of Duke Kunshan University for partner and external relations since January, 2013. Li previously served as director of the Office of Duke Kunshan Affairs at Wuhan University and deputy director of the International Office managing Wuhan’s role in the partnership with Duke University and Kunshan City to create Duke Kunshan University. Been a Professor in Cross -Culture Communication at Wuhan University for more than 30 years, Li has also worked in the overall strategic planning of WHU’s internationalization, international education program development and international exchange and cooperative program management since 2003. She was Member of Advisory Board of Confucius Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and Member of Executive Preparation Committee of Duke Kunshan University (prep). She was appointed Member of the Commission on Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Education, China Education Association for International Exchange in Oct. 2014.
Hui Li earned her B.A. from the School of Foreign Languages at Anhui University in 1983, her M.S. from the School of Management at Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering in 1998, her Ph.D. from the College of Economics and Management at Wuhan University in 2008. Li had her advanced studies at the World Economics Department of Fudan University in 1993 and was a visiting scholar with the Institute of East Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and received Tang Education Fellowship in 2007.
As a professor, Li focused on the topics of cross-cultural communication studies. She has won a number of honors, including Teaching Excellence Award (1997, 1998 and 1999). close
Chief Financial Officer
Helen Hu is the Chief Financial Officer at Duke Kunshan University, overseeing finance, IT, and procurement. Helen joined DKU in September 2018 after working as Asia CFO for International Paper (“IP”) as Asia CFO for 9 years with responsibilities over finance, IT, and Administration. Besides IP, ... more
Helen Hu is the Chief Financial Officer at Duke Kunshan University, overseeing finance, IT, and procurement. Helen joined DKU in September 2018 after working as Asia CFO for International Paper (“IP”) for 9 years with responsibilities over finance, IT, and Administration. Besides IP, in her over 20 years of professional career, Helen has also worked for a few multinational companies in progressive leadership roles, including China CFO for Ferrari Maserati Cars, Finance Manager for McCormick in China and finance analyst at the headquarters in the United States; Prior to that, Helen also worked for Tate & Lyle, Kimberly-Clark in the United States, and a foreign trade company in China. She has accumulated rich and practical experiences in corporate finance, control and compliance, risk management, FP&A, M&A, restructuring, system build-up and people development. She is a recipient of multiple leadership awards from her employers and external professional communities.
Helen is also actively involved in the business community to promote healthy development of China - US business relationships. She currently serves as a member of the board of governors at American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai for 2017 – 2018 term, and has been appointed for both years as the Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee at the board.
Helen is an AICPA and CGMA member.
Helen received her Bachelor’s degree from University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China in 1992, and an MBA degree from Wake Forest University, USA in 1997. close
Marcia B. France, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Marcia B. France earned her S.B. in chemistry in 1988 from MIT, where she did undergraduate research under 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry K. Barry Sharpless. She received her M.S. in chemistry in 1990 from Yale University. She was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral .... more
Dr. Marcia B. France earned her S.B. in chemistry in 1988 from MIT, where she did undergraduate research under 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry K. Barry Sharpless. She received her M.S. in chemistry in 1990 from Yale University. She was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Caltech, where she earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1995. Her work on the development of ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis was cited in the 2005 Nobel Prize Address by her research mentor, Robert H. Grubbs.
She joined Duke Kunshan University in August 2018 as the inaugural Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She oversees all undergraduate academic programs at Duke Kunshan, including the new, highly distinctive liberal arts and sciences undergraduate degree program, non-degree and summer undergraduate programs. She has primary responsibility for ensuring the highest quality of students’ undergraduate educational experiences and academic standards. She is responsible for the strategic development of undergraduate academic programs, developing and implementing undergraduate academic policies and procedures, undergraduate academic advising, undergraduate program assessment and study abroad. Previously, Dr. France was the John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She served as Associate Dean of the College from 2012-2017 and Associate Provost from 2017-2018.
Her research in olefin metathesis, enantioselective catalysis, and ester hydrogenation has led to numerous publications and patents. More recently, her academic interests have focused on the science of cooking. Dr. France has served as a visiting research scientist at Dupont, Stanford University, the University of St Andrews, and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique/AgroParisTech.
Dr. France is an active musician who has played flute and piccolo with musical ensembles based in the United States, Scotland, and France. close
Noah Pickus, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development
Noah Pickus is Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University and Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University. At Duke Kunshan, he has primary responsibility for the oversight of the curriculum and for faculty hiring and development. He serves as a liaison between Duke and Duke Kunshan and led ... more
Noah Pickus is Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University and Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University. At Duke Kunshan, he has primary responsibility for the oversight of the curriculum and for faculty hiring and development. He serves as a liaison between Duke and Duke Kunshan and led the Liberal Arts in China Committee that designed the integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum at Duke Kunshan. As Associate Provost at Duke, he serves as vice-chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and focuses on cross-university priorities.
From 2007-2017, Dr. Pickus was the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. At the institute, he transformed a successful start-up into a signature university-wide program and oversaw its growth in faculty and students and in new initiatives in global migration, regulatory policy, moral psychology, purpose and vocation, environmental ethics, and the role of religion in public life. He expanded the institute’s partnerships with policy makers and practitioners and built a wide portfolio of academic programs and co-curricular pathways that foster self-knowledge and ethical engagement among undergraduates.
Prior to joining the Kenan Institute, he was the founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues under former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. at NC State University, a university-based think tank. He has taught at Middlebury and Williams Colleges, at Duke Kunshan and at the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Dr. Pickus was an American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College and is currently a lead curriculum designer for the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership.
An expert on immigration and citizenship, Dr. Pickus is an Associate Research Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton University Press), Becoming American/America Becoming (Duke), and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield), as well as essays on ethics and public affairs education. He co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable, which provided a road map for how the U.S. can move from deep disagreements to constructive proposals for immigration reform.
Dr. Pickus has held fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the H.B. Earhart Foundation and received grants from the Luce Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. A native Californian and triathlete, he earned a bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University. close
Hanguo (Luke) Li, Ed.D.
Dean of China Enrollment Management
Hanguo (Luke) Li is leading the China Enrollment Management Office, including the undergraduate student recruitment, marketing, admissions and financial aid teams. His office is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and activities to enroll top-notch students ... more
Hanguo (Luke) Li is leading the China Enrollment Management Office, including the undergraduate student recruitment, marketing, admissions and financial aid teams. His office is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and activities to enroll top-notch students from China for the university’s unique liberal arts undergraduate education program. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, in charge of projects and initiatives that have strategic importance for Duke Kunshan’s development. He is also serving as Chair of the DKU Trade Union. From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of the Chancellor’s Office. Luke has rich experience in higher education administration and corporate management. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan in 2013, Luke established Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business East Asia Office where he was Regional Director. There he led the planning and management of the School’s business development, corporate relations, marketing and recruitment, program management and alumni relations in the East Asia region. Before that, Luke worked for multinational companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard and Nokia, mainly in audit and finance management. He also worked as a Management Consultant for Bain & Company, one of the top 3 global strategic consulting firms, where his clients included high-tech, consumer products, non-profit and private equity firms.
Luke is also committed to social responsibility. He is a member of the 15th China People’s Political Consultative Conference (Kunshan), Vice-Chair of Red Cross Society of Kunshan, and an Executive Board Member of Kunshan Overseas Friendship Association.
Luke earned his Bachelor's degree in International Finance from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, an MBA degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. close
Dean of International Enrollment Management
Jessica Sandberg joined Duke Kunshan University in September 2018. As the Dean of International Enrollment Management, she leads international student recruitment, marketing, admissions, and financial ... more
Jessica Sandberg joined Duke Kunshan University in September 2018. As the Dean of International Enrollment Management, she leads international student recruitment, marketing, admissions, and financial aid initiatives for the university.
A seasoned leader in international education, Jessica’s career focus is shaping talented and diverse student populations. From 2012-2018, she served as the inaugural director of international admissions for Temple University where she led operations during a period of unprecedented growth. In 2016, she developed #YouAreWelcomeHere into a viral social media campaign to promote US Higher Education to prospective international students and later created a national scholarship program under the same name. These efforts earned her a place on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Influence List" in 2017 and Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of” list in 2018. Earlier in her career, she held international admissions positions with Community College of Philadelphia and Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. Jessica is a frequent writer, presenter, and contributor for international education publications and associations including NAFSA, AIRC, NACAC, and AIEA. In 2017, she served as editor of the book Guide to International Student Recruitment (3rd edition) by NAFSA. She currently holds a seat on the advisory board of Intead, an international education marketing firm.
Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Moravian College and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent. close
Raphael X. Moffett, Ed.D.
Dean of Student Affairs
Dr. Raphael X. Moffett joined Duke Kunshan University on September 3, 2019 as the Dean of Student Affairs. In this role, he will work to create activities, programs and policies in Athletics, Campus Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Housing and Residence Life, International Student ... more
Dr. Raphael X. Moffett joined Duke Kunshan University on September 3, 2019 as the Dean of Student Affairs. In this role, he will work to create activities, programs and policies in Athletics, Campus Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Housing and Residence Life, International Student Services, Student Activities, and Student Conduct.
A native of Washington State, Dr. Raphael X. Moffett began his career in student affairs at Clark Atlanta University in 2002. He was inspired by working with college students and made the decision to pursue a career in student affairs. Prior to joining DKU, Dr. Moffett served as the Vice President for Student Services at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and Vice President for Student Affairs at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. He brings more than 17 years of professional experience in progressive leadership roles at Trinity University, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, and Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Moffett is a visionary that is committed to providing students with transformative co-curricular learning experiences that allow them to grow socially, physically, intellectually, culturally, educationally, and professionally. He focuses on cultivating unique developmental opportunities with the intent to help students maximize their potential. He is known in the field as being a servant leader who is personable and goal oriented. His philosophy is that every student has the ability to achieve academic success and personal growth with the proper guidance and support.
Dr. Moffett received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University. He earned his Master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with wife and son, visiting relatives, reading, watching and playing basketball, calligraphy, music production, trying new restaurants, and traveling. close
Hong (Helen) Xu, Ph.D.
Associate University Librarian for Duke Kunshan Library Services at Duke University
(Helen) Hong Xu is the University Librarian at Duke Kunshan University and the Associate University Librarian for Duke Kunshan Library Services at Duke University. She was the Associate Librarian at City University of Hong Kong Library. Before that position, she was the Head of the East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh. She also taught in the Universities in China ... more
(Helen) Hong Xu is the University Librarian at Duke Kunshan University and the Associate University Librarian for Duke Kunshan Library Services at Duke University. She was the Associate Librarian at City University of Hong Kong Library. Before that position, she was the Head of the East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh. She also taught in the Universities in China and the United States. (Helen) Hong Xu has a variety of research interests including user study, bibliometrics, library and information science education, and library management. She serves on the editorial boards of several domestic and international academic journals. She has edited a number of books and published numerous research papers/chapters in journals and books. She is a frequently invited guest speaker for universities and different types of libraries in Greater China region.
(Helen) Hong Xu received her B.A. and M.A. in Library Science from Wuhan University. She also hold an M. Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. close
Tourgeé D. Simpson, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Advising
Dr. Tourgeé D. Simpson, Jr. joined Duke Kunshan University as the Associate Dean for Academic Advising. His main responsibilities include: developing and providing leadership for a primarily faculty-based academic advising system, developing and managing all aspects of academic advising including assessment, advisor development, administrative systems ... more
Dr. Tourgeé D. Simpson, Jr. joined Duke Kunshan University as the Associate Dean for Academic Advising. His main responsibilities include: developing and providing leadership for a primarily faculty-based academic advising system, developing and managing all aspects of academic advising including assessment, advisor development, administrative systems, technology, retention, and student academic support activities. Simpson received his PhD from Old Dominion University in Occupation and Technical Studies with a focus in Career and Technical Education. His experience and research area includes STEM Education, Higher Education, and Human Resource Development & Policy. Simpson also received both a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development & Policy from Georgia State University. Prior to his arrival, Simpson worked at several institutions, including Georgia State University, University of Arkansas, University of California Santa Barbara, Old Dominion University, and University of Kentucky. His professional experiences included academic advising, academic support services, faculty outreach, first-year experience, residence life, and career service.
In the last seven years, Simpson established the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Old Dominion University, and University of Kentucky. The NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship is an international program designed to help undergraduate students interested in exploring both professional, research, and faculty careers in Higher Education. From 2016-2018, Simpson served as NASPA NUFP Board member providing oversight to the program including the Dungy Institute, NUFP Curriculum, Scholarships, Fellows Development, and Mentorships. Simpson is a member of several professional associations such as NASPA, NACADA, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Kappa Alpha Psi. Further, Simpson is frequently invited to serve as a guest presenter as it relates to student development, higher education administration, and academic support services. close
Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Public Relations
Lydia Jin has joined Duke Kunshan University since October 2016 as senior director of strategic marketing and public relations. She plans and leads all the University marketing, public relations and communications efforts in China and around the world... more
Lydia Jin has joined Duke Kunshan University since October 2016 as senior director of strategic marketing and public relations. She plans and leads all the University marketing, public relations and communications efforts in China and around the world.
Lydia received her MA degree in International Development Policy from Duke University as a World Bank Scholar and her BA in English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She started her career as an international news editor at Xinhua News Agency, and prior to joining Duke Kunshan she had held positions including communications director at Otis Elevators China, brand manager at Beijing Mercedes Benz and consultant at US-based brand agency JWT and Ketchum.
Lydia is a recipient of World Bank Scholarship, Xinhua News Agency Young Professional Award, Otis China President Award and Otis Global President Award. She is also co-author of a book on international relations and co-editor of a book on children safety that won awards from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and Department of Publicity. close
Senior Director of Construction Planning and Management
Peter Jin joined Duke Kunshan University as the Senior Director of Construction Planning and Management. His main job responsibilities are as key personnel managing the University’s campus construction project activities, leading the whole project team and consultants to involve in the project programming... more
Peter Jin joined Duke Kunshan University as the Senior Director of Construction Planning and Management. His main job responsibilities are as key personnel managing the University’s campus construction project activities, leading the whole project team and consultants to involve in the project programming, planning, design and construction. He also maintains open communications with Kunshan city project partners to provide the University’s requirement and expectation, monitors the project progress and quality, and reports and advises project schedule and other critical project issues to the high management level of DKU.
Peter graduated from Chongqinq Institute of Architecture and Engineering, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1988. He has over 30 years’ rich experience in project engineering and construction management. Together with his teams, Peter has successfully completed projects in various fields in commercial, education, electronics, TFT-LCD and semi-conductors, R&D facility, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical etc. close
Senior Director of Legal and External Compliance Affairs
Kevin Gong is the Senior Director of Legal and External Compliance Affairs at Duke Kunshan University. He is responsible for all legal matters related to the university. Kevin joined DKU in December 2018 after working for many years as a partner at Fangda Partners, a leading Chinese law firm... more
Kevin Gong is the Senior Director of Legal and External Compliance Affairs at Duke Kunshan University. He is responsible for all legal matters related to the university. Kevin joined DKU in December 2018 after working for many years as a partner at Fangda Partners, a leading Chinese law firm. In his prior practice, Kevin has accumulated rich experience in areas such as foreign direct investment, general corporate, mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience in advising on matters related to Sino-foreign cooperatively run university.
Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in law from Fudan University, China in 1996, and an LL.M. degree from the Law School of Cornell University, USA in 2002. close