SUTD appoints provost Chong Tow Chong as its new president

Acting president and founding provost Chong Tow Chong will replace Professor Thomas Magnanti, who was SUTD's president from October 2009 to last December.
Acting president and founding provost Chong Tow Chong will replace Professor Thomas Magnanti, who was SUTD's president from October 2009 to last December.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has appointed its acting president and founding provost Chong Tow Chong as its new president with effect from April 1, the tertiary institution said yesterday.

He will replace Professor Thomas Magnanti, who was the university's president from October 2009 to December last year. Prof Magnanti is the president emeritus of SUTD, a role he has held since January.

Before joining the SUTD as provost, Professor Chong was the executive director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star) Science and Engineering Council, as well as its Data Storage Institute.

Said SUTD chairman Lee Tzu Yang: "After a thorough and wide search, we find that Prof Chong, who has been with us from the conception of SUTD, is the best person for the role of SUTD's next president. In addition to his experience running the university and his commitment to SUTD's vision of bettering the world through technology and design, he is also the architect of SUTD's new growth plans."

Prof Chong said that the university's next phase of growth "will be big and bold - in both vision and ambition".

He added: "Building upon the strong foundation achieved over the past eight years, my team and I will continue to invest in strengthening SUTD's core and creating new strategic differentiation, by evolving and refining our innovative education and multi-disciplinary research, as well as expanding our pervasive partnerships with industry, government and global universities."

The search for the university's new provost is ongoing locally and globally, the SUTD said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2018, with the headline 'SUTD appoints provost Chong Tow Chong as its new president'. Print Edition | Subscribe