Board of Overseers
Sumiko Iwao, Ph.D., a TUJ Board of Overseers member, died on January 11, 2018. She was 83.
Dr Iwao received her Ph.D. from Yale, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then became a faculty member at Keio University. She was an early leader in Japanese women's studies and social psychology, and a national figure serving on many government committees and commissions including being Chair of the Gender Equality Council and a member of the National Public Safety Commission. In her "second life" she micro-funded the Sakura Secondary School for Girls in Tanzania.
Her life was a model for Japanese professionals, male and female, and we will miss her valued advice and infallible charm.
"Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is a unique place in Japan where the kind of leadership that is highly valued in today's environment is nurtured. Globalization is here now, however, many countries including Japan are struggling to develop quality leaders who can face our rapidly evolving challenges. These challenges include poverty, diseases, human-rights, education, the environment, and food, to name but a few, and they must be tackled through the collaborative effort of multiple nations. Students and graduates of TUJ have already built a strong foundation upon which to become a global leader because of its diversity of students from over 50 countries, the quality of faculty and staff, and the way in which students learn to communicate with those who come from diverse cultures. The Board is committed to support bringing many more people to come and learn at this great institution. If you have any suggestions, please write to us!"
"I am a proud Temple University graduate, receiving my Master's Degree from the main campus in Philadelphia in 1984. My adventure with Temple University began in 1982 coincidentally at the same time TUJ was being established in Japan. Having just returned to the U.S. after receiving my BA at Sophia University, I recall dreaming of the day when quality international education would be available to more students in Japan. Now nearly 30 years later, I have been given the unique opportunity to assist in making this dream a reality. Over the years, though many other American and foreign universities have attempted to take root in Japan, they have failed where TUJ has thrived. More and more, from politicians and government officials to industry leaders and the general public, there is a growing recognition that for Japan to compete in the 21st Century, the lessons in critical thinking and quality international educational on offer at TUJ have become increasingly central to Japan's success. As students of TUJ you can be confident that the stature of TUJ as an institution of educational excellence will continue to grow. You can also be confident that you belong to a community of scholars that is committed to excellence in learning for the long haul."
"I am very excited to be part of the Board of Overseers for TUJ. Education has been one of the areas I have a lot of passion for, and I would like to do as much as I can to help the success of the students and the school. In my first year on the Board, I will be working particularly in the area of Academics with the school to bring out the best in our students and enable them to be great leaders for the society. In my daily work where we use technologies on the web to enable innovation to happen, I learn about the importance of creating a future where no one has been, and creating possibilities for everyone to be the best they can. I look forward to working with all of you and contributing to your success."
"My horizons were greatly widened, and my life permanently enriched, by two terms studying abroad as an undergraduate. Later, as a career U.S. diplomat focusing on Japan for nearly three decades, and as Chair of the U.S.-Japan Educational (Fulbright) Commission, I sought to promote mutual understanding between our two nations -- and to expand opportunities for our young people to benefit from an international education just as I did. Now, as a Tokyo-based business executive, I want to help develop the “global human resources” that Japan needs to prosper in the 21st century.
Over the years, no institution has done more than TUJ to provide a world-class U.S.-style education in Japan. TUJ, with its unwavering dedication to excellence in academics, research, arts, community service, and global education, has truly embodied the University’s motto, Perseverantia Vincit, or “Perseverance Conquers”.
Today, more than ever, students need the kind of rigorous curriculum and critical thinking skills that TUJ imparts. And today, more than ever, the world needs the kind of curious, confident, and culturally astute leaders that TUJ produces.
I am honored to serve on the Board of Overseers. I will do my best to support TUJ’s noble – and vitally important – mission."
"It has been said these days that a majority of young Japanese people are becoming domestic minded and do not want to study or work abroad. This tendency should be a serious concern for Japanese society but is a great thing for TUJ students. The more Japanese society becomes inward looking, the more valuable TUJ students will be. As Japan needs more and more young people who understand different culture and think globally, I foresee a bright future for TUJ students and alumni who will contribute even more to Japanese society. I am proud of the Temple University students and alumni pursuing this path with 'challenge spirit'."
"Like products and services, learning institutions and academies also need strong brands to distinguish themselves among a crowd of competitors. However, such stand-out brands can only be created using well-designed, well-executed marketing strategies. I am excited to be able to contribute to the branding / marketing challenge that lies ahead for TUJ."
"Through a long career as a journalist specializing in international affairs, I have come to believe that imparting knowledge about other countries to young people and encouraging them to acquire the attitudes and skills needed to thrive in cultures other than their own should be our highest priority.
I first became acquainted with TUJ some 10 years ago, when, as a board member of the Asahi Shimbun, I was discussing with TUJ an opportunity to participate in the publication, in English, of the Asahi's famous current affairs and arts journal, The Japan Quarterly. Since that time, I have been convinced that TUJ is one of the most suitable places for young people of diverse backgrounds and nationalities to learn empirically about the world they will enter on graduation as full-fledged members of society. I need not go into detail about the reasons why except to say that the English language education and the American college degree which TUJ endows function as a veritable "driver's license," a must have for those who wish to make their way in the international community. I am sad to say that at this time no Japanese university can do the same.
As a board member, I would like to contribute through my journalistic and other networks to make the opportunities that TUJ offers through high quality English language education better known both in Japan and abroad."
"TUJ is the perfect institution to connect Japan with the rest of the world. Located in Tokyo with the most established history of any foreign university in Japan, it is uniquely positioned to educate and promote the next generation of multi-cultural leaders to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. TUJ's strong support and connection with Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia presents unique opportunities for learning and development unparalleled in the world of higher education. TUJ offers you a premier ticket to the world; where your ticket takes you is entirely in your hands."
"It is my great honor to serve on the Board of Overseers of Temple University Japan Campus in the year of its 30th anniversary. I went to TUJ from 1988 to 1990, then, transferred myself to the main campus in 1990 and got a degree in 1992. I really feel honored to be the first board member who studied at TUJ. As a person who actually attended classes at TUJ, I believe that I can see things from the students' point of view to make suggestions on various matters at TUJ.
Nowadays, major Japanese companies hire a great number of new foreign graduates to seek further economic success internationally. Companies are looking for new graduates who can speak foreign languages fluently and work hard to compete in the world. At TUJ there are students from more than 60 countries. TUJ students study hard to get what they want to achieve, while most students at Japanese universities spend years of college in doing club activities or interviewing for jobs. TUJ is the most prominent educational institution in Japan which can provide students with skills and experiences necessary to the current companies' needs.
I would like to contribute to TUJ for its further success."
- Karen Hill Anton
- Principal Consultant, KHA Associates
- Thomas F. Jordan
- President, Jordan and Associates
- Hiroshi Matsumoto
- Trustee, International House of Japan
- Koji Shimada
- President, KLT Management
- Robert A. Siedell
- Former President, American Express International, Inc. (Japan)
- Yasutoyo Murakami
- President, CEO, Hyponex Japan Corp., Ltd.
- Tadatoshi Akiba
- Former National Chair, AFS International Program
- Ronald J. Anderson
- Senior Vice President - External Relations,
American International Group, Inc
- Julia Chang Bloch
- Ambassador, The US-China Education Trust Office
- Koichi Danno
- Director & Board member, GreenARM Co., Ltd.
- Hiroyuki Hosoda
- Member of the House of Representatives
- Hisao Ikegami
- Visiting Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University and former Senior Advisor, President's Office, The University of Tokyo
- Masahisa Naitoh
- Special Advisor, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
- Robert M. Orr
- U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
- Allan D. Smith
- Chief Executive Officer, RGA Reinsurance Company Japan Branch
- Dennis T. Yasutomo
- Professor of Government,
Director, East Asian Studies Program, Smith College
Note: TUJ's Board of Overseers is not equivalent to the Board of Trustees which is legally responsible for the entire management of the university's business and affairs.