Kunshan, China -- Duke Kunshan University (DKU) has appointed Haiyan Gao as vice chancellor for academic affairs, DKU Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Brown Bullock announced today.
Gao is the Henry Newson Professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Duke University. She has also served as chair of Duke’s China Faculty Council.
Reporting to Bullock and working closely with Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth, Gao will be responsible for development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate programs at DKU. DKU currently offers three graduate programs leading to Duke University degrees, and an undergraduate semester program that awards Duke credit.
In addition to program oversight, Gao will lead the DKU faculty selection process, establish and oversee research planning for DKU, and serve as a member of the university’s senior leadership group.
“Haiyan epitomizes the ethos of DKU, where we are creating a new type of educational experience” said Bullock. “Her personal and professional experience in both American and Chinese universities, outstanding international research career, and commitment to student and faculty success make her ideally suited to lead and develop our academic programs.”
“I am delighted to join the DKU team,” said Gao. “I look forward to working with my colleagues at DKU and at Duke to deliver outstanding academic experiences for our students and faculty members, and to continue building DKU’s academic profile and offerings.”
A member of the Duke faculty since 2002, Gao is widely recognized for her contributions to experimental nuclear physics. She will begin her new role in Kunshan January 1, 2015. Dan Gauthier, Duke’s Robert C. Richardson Professor of Physics, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Physics.
“Haiyan Gao is a tremendous scholar, mentor, administrator and colleague,” said Laurie Patton, dean of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. “We will miss having her at the helm of physics here, but we know that she will make outstanding contributions in her new role at DKU, and she will be a key bridge builder between cities, institutions, and cultures.”
A native of Shanghai, China, Gao lived in Kunshan as a child. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University, and her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.