In September 2014 the higher education community mourned the loss of Bobby Fong, then president of Ursinus College. Members of The New American Colleges & Universities were especially saddened to learn the news about Dr. Fong who was an important contributor to the consortium when he served as president of Butler University. NAC&U leaders knew Dr. Fong as an extraordinary colleague who had a steadfast commitment to liberal education, believing that higher education was more than earning a degree and rather served to prepare students to lead lives of service. To honor Dr. Fong’s legacy to NAC&U and higher education, we will offer a special posthumous award to him. His wife, Suzanne Fong, will accept the award at the AAC&U Annual Meeting on January 23 in Washington DC. Dr. James Gentile, dean of Natural and Applied Science at Hope College, will offer a tribute to Dr. Fong and his many accomplishments in higher education.
The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic responsibility.