Mary Brown Bullock, president
emerita of Agnes Scott College and a scholar of U.S.-China relations, has been
appointed executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University (DKU). In August,
China's Ministry of Education granted preliminary approval for the creation of
DKU, a partnership between Duke University, Wuhan University and the city of
As executive vice chancellor, Bullock will be the
university's senior academic and administrative officer, responsible for
planning and delivering academic programs.
“This is thrilling news for all of us at Agnes Scott,” said Elizabeth
Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. “We are proud that our distinguished alumna and
president emerita will be leading one of the world’s most exciting and
innovative new ventures in global higher education. As a renowned China scholar who spent most of
her childhood in East Asia, and a transformative higher education leader, Mary
will bring a truly unique combination of skills and qualities to Duke Kunshan
University. For me personally, as a Duke trustee, I can hardly believe my good
fortune at an appointment that is great news for a friend and mentor as well as
for two institutions I love.”
Bullock earned her Ph.D. in Chinese history at Stanford
University. In the late 1970s, just as educational exchanges with China were
beginning, she served as director of the Committee on Scholarly Communications
with the People's Republic of China, sponsored by the American Council of
Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the National Academy
of Sciences. She is a senior scholar at
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was the director of the
Asia Program there, and from 2007 until 2012 served as a distinguished visiting
professor of China studies at Emory University.
As president of Agnes Scott from 1995 until 2006, Bullock
implemented a strategic plan that increased the faculty and student body and
transformed the historic campus with a $125 million building program. Bullock
currently serves as chair of the China Medical Board and as a director of the
Henry Luce Foundation, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia
Foundation and the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.