Jan. 16, 2008 – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently appointed University of Utah President Michael K. Young to the East-West Center’s (EWC) Board of Governors. One of four new members on the board, Young joins Lori Forman, Microsoft director of community affairs for Asia; Theodore B. Lee, president of the Urban Land Company in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and S. Linn Williams, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of the Mirant Corporation in a three-year term on the board.
The EWC Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the governor of Hawaii, five appointed by the U.S. secretary of state, five members from Asia and the Pacific Islands who are elected by the full board and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawaii, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and the president of the University of Hawaii.
“I am thrilled to be serving on this important board with such an impressive group of leaders,” says Young. “There is no question that China, Japan, Korea and other countries of that region play an extraordinary role in an ever-changing global economy and the world. The research this body conducts is a critical part of our continuing efforts to bolster our relationships in the region and has made a lasting impression on our mutual efforts to engage in peaceful and meaningful cooperation.”
Young began his tenure as president of the University of Utah in 2004. Previously, he was dean of the George Washington University Law School and director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, the Center for Korean Legal Studies and the Project on Religion, Human Rights and Religious Freedom at Columbia University. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, he served as a law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court. During the administration of the first President Bush, Young served as ambassador for trade and environmental affairs, deputy under-secretary for economic and agricultural affairs and deputy legal adviser to the Department of State. He holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Harvard.
The EWC is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations and the governments of the region.