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C. K. Yen Eminent Scholar Endowment Fund


The C. K. Yen Professorship at the Miller Center of Public Affairs was created by a gift from the government of the Republic of China in Taiwan to attract and retain an eminent scholar at the University. It honors Chia-kan Yen, who served as president of Taiwan from 1975 to 1978. Mr. Yen also served as prime minister of the Republic and held several cabinet posts before his death in 1993. The late Shao-Chuan "Tony" Leng, who directed the Miller Center's program on Asian political leadership for many years, was Mr. Yen's son-in-law and was instrumental in creating the Yen Professorship. Mr. Leng, an authority on Chinese politics and law, died in 2000.

The Board of Visitors elected Brantly Womack to the C. K. Yen Professorship in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs in 2012.

Mr. Womack's activities over the last year included organizing and executing the 2016 William C. Battle Symposium on China, Japanese and U.S. relations in November of 2016, participating in a taped online interview on U.S. and North Korean relations in the Spring of 2017, and working on scholarly research over the course of the year.

History of Past Recipients and Projects