Dean Doug Guthrie has been named GW’s vice president for China operations. University President Steven Knapp and Provost Steven Lerman announced the appointment on April 19.
The position leading the university’s strategy in China is in addition to Guthrie’s roles as GWSB dean and professor of international business and management.
“Dean Guthrie is uniquely qualified to lead the development of GW’s presence in China and to ensure that our activities there are fully consistent with our educational mission, our academic values and our strategic priorities,” Knapp said.
Guthrie is fluent in Mandarin, an expert in the field of economic reform in China, and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai. In his new role, he will coordinate GW’s major activities, initiatives and programs in China, making recommendations to Knapp and Lerman.
Guthrie “has been very effective in extending the global reach of his school, and I am grateful for his willingness to take on this new role on behalf of the university as a whole,” Knapp said.
China, a global economic and political player of increasing influence, has been identified by GW in its strategic plan as a priority area for research and teaching.
“How we build out our operations in China will be a crucial part of the university’s strategy for years to come,” said Guthrie.
GW has made numerous strides in developing China initiatives.
Last year, GW signed an agreement with Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu, China, to offer advanced degrees to Chinese students. GWSB offers Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and International Master of Accountancy programs jointly with Renmin University of China International College in Beijing.
Meanwhile, a three-week GW China Career Immersion Program – to be offered twice a year during Chinese students’ summer and winter breaks – kicked off in January. Chinese students visited the nation’s capital, went to a Washington Wizards’ game, and attended seminars at GWSB on career preparation and political, economic, business and cultural issues.
More China exchanges are in the works.
GW has announced it will serve as the education partner for the 2013 Fortune Global Forum in June, sending a delegation to the three-day gathering in Chengdu, China, that brings together business leaders from around the world. Last week, GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences announced the launch of its Confucius Institute in collaboration with Nanjing University, one of the oldest universities in China.
Posted by gwsb on April 23, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.