President Emerita to Help Lead Duke’s

Agnes Scott President Emerita to Help Lead Duke University’s Planned Chinese University

Friday, September 21, 2012

President Emerita Mary Brown BullockMary 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 Kunshan, China.

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. 

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