Former CJ and business leader appointed as NUS Pro-Chancellors

Former CJ and business leader appointed as NUS Pro-Chancellors

SINGAPORE - Former Chief Justice Mr Chan Sek Keong and business leader Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen have been appointed as The National University of Singapore (NUS) Pro-Chancellors.

The appointment was made by NUS Chancellor and President Tony Tan Keng Yam, with effect from April 29.

Mr Chan, and Mr Lee, will join current NUS Pro-Chancellors Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, Dr Cheong Siew Keong and Mr Po'ad Mattar in the University's Chancellery, which is headed by the NUS Chancellor. University Pro-Chancellors act on behalf of the Chancellor during the Chancellor's absence from the University, and preside at the annual Commencement ceremonies.

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President said, "NUS is privileged and honoured to have Mr Chan Sek Keong and Mr Stephen Lee as our new Pro-Chancellors."

He added: "Throughout their illustrious careers, Mr Chan and Mr Lee have made immense and invaluable contributions to Singapore's public and private sectors. They have maintained a strong interest in education and in NUS' development. We look forward to welcoming them at key university events as our Pro-Chancellors."

Mr Chan was a member of the inaugural cohort of students admitted to the Faculty of Law of the then University of Malaya in Singapore, now National University of Singapore, in 1957. In 1992, he was appointed the Attorney-General of Singapore, a position he relinquished in 2006 when he was sworn in as the third Chief Justice of Singapore.

He is also currently a Distinguished Fellow at NUS Law.

Mr Lee, who graduated from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, in 1973 with a Master of Business Administration, is the Chairman of Singapore Airlines, SIA Engineering, and NTUC Income Insurance. He is also Senior International Advisor of Temasek International Advisory and Member of the National Wage Council, and serves as an Alternate Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers.

Mr Lee said: "I am most honoured to be appointed as a Pro-Chancellor of the National University of Singapore. It is indeed a privilege to be a part of the preeminent university of Singapore. Tertiary education is an area that I have a personal interest in and I look forward to taking part in the events of the National University of Singapore."

debwong@sph.com.sg

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