NUS appoints two new pro-chancellors

The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the appointment of Mr Chan Sek Keong (left) and Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen as pro-chancellors on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. -- PHOTOS: NUS, COURTESY OF MR STEPHEN LEE
The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the appointment of Mr Chan Sek Keong (left) and Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen as pro-chancellors on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. -- PHOTOS: NUS, COURTESY OF MR STEPHEN LEE

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the appointment of two new pro-chancellors yesterday, Mr Chan Sek Keong and Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen.

Mr Chan was part of the first batch of students admitted to the Faculty of Law in 1957, when NUS was known as University of Malaya.

He practised law in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore before becoming the first Judicial Commissioner of Singapore in 1986. He has also held the positions of Attorney-General of Singapore and Chief Justice of Singapore.

Mr Lee was a former Nominated Member of Parliament, and is the chairman of Singapore Airlines, SIA Engineering and NTUC Income.

He said: "Tertiary education is an area that I have a personal interest in. I look forward to taking part in the events of NUS."

Their appointments were made by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is also NUS chancellor, and took effect from April 29 this year.

University pro-chancellors act on behalf of the chancellor during his absence from NUS, and perform ceremonial duties during various university functions. They may also participate in or attend university events in an official capacity.

Mr Chan and Mr Lee join the ranks of current NUS pro-chancellors, Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, former Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr Cheong Siew Keong, former member of the Council of Presidential Advisors, and Mr Po'ad Mattar, Public Service Commission member.

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