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Endowments at UVA

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.

Brantly Womack currently holds the C. K. Yen Professorship at the Miller Center. Mr. Womack's activities over the last year included participating in the Miller Center's First Year Project, particularly planning work on the global
economy. He was the lead on the Battle Symposium (held every other year) and worked with partners in China and Japan to plan the conference that is upcoming in November 2016.

History of Past Recipients and Projects