At its meeting held on 15 October, the Council of Lingnan University was informed of President Chan Yuk-Shee’s decision to resign his presidency due to personal and health considerations. President Chan has recovered well from his recent illness; however, he believes it is in the best interest of the University to initiate a search of his successor soon so as to provide a more stable and longer term leadership to the University as it makes its great strides in the implementation of the University’s four-year liberal arts curriculum.
The Council resolved to set up an eight-member committee to search for a new President. The membership of the Search Committee is as follows:
Chairman: Chairman of the Council
Members: Deputy Chairman of the Council
Treasurer of the Council
Chairman of the Court
Chairman of the Lingnan Education Organization Limited
One lay Council member
One Council member elected among all eligible staff
One Council member elected by the Senate
Observer: Student Council member
The search process will be transparent to the maximum extent possible, and staff and students will be updated of the progress from time to time.
The Council noted that it would be ideal if the new President can be selected soon enough and can assume presidency in September 2013, at the start of the 2013/14 academic year. Nevertheless, the Council is very grateful to President Chan for offering to continue to serve as President from September 2013 if the University needs more time for the search so as to ensure a smooth transition.