Butler U. president Bobby Fong will leave to lead Ursinus College
October 29, 2010
Dr. Bobby Fong, president of Butler University, announced today his acceptance of the presidency at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn. Fong will continue to serve as Butler’s president until the end of this academic year.
“I have been privileged to be associated with Butler through a decade of remarkable progress,” Fong noted. “Ursinus sought a president to lead it in a strategic planning process, a comprehensive fundraising campaign, and an effort to raise its profile in the local community and nationally. Butler gave me experience in these areas. The invitation from Ursinus also takes me back to my roots in liberal arts colleges and to family on the east coast.”
Founded in 1869, Ursinus is a national liberal arts college of 1,700 students known for its innovative first-year program and senior capstone requirement. It shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is one of 50 institutions nationally invited to nominate seniors for Thomas J. Watson Fellowships. It was one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s classic Colleges That Change Lives. In common with Butler, it is on this year’s U.S. News & World Report lists of 86 institutions with “an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching” and 68 institutions nationally designated as “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” for having made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty and student life.
Fong became the 20th president of Butler University on June 1, 2001. At the time he assumed the presidency he was one of only 20 Asian-American college presidents – representing 0.9 percent of higher education chief executives – in the country.
In his 10 years as Butler’s president, Fong has led Butler University to unprecedented heights, including successive balanced budgets, two successful strategic planning processes, an endowment that has doubled in size, and record years for both the number of entering freshmen and fundraising. Additionally, the University experienced a significant expansion of student facilities, including a health and recreation complex, apartment-style housing, a diversity center, and an addition for pharmacy and health sciences education.
Fong also provided leadership in a record-setting human capital campaign that raised $154 million.
Under his leadership, Butler received its largest grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc. – $22 million to launch the Butler Business Accelerator and $25 million for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Expansion Project (with a focus on public health).
The University also began a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to create the Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and the IPS/Butler University Laboratory School, a unique school with laboratory and magnet school features that will serve students grades K-5 beginning next fall.