EDUCATION

Baptist University appoints Roland Chin as president and vice-chancellor amid criticism from students and staff

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 May, 2015, 2:13am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 May, 2015, 2:13am

Baptist University yesterday made Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong its president and vice chancellor a week after postponing the appointment amid criticism about a lack of consultation.

Chin, 62, will begin his five-year term in September when he takes over from Professor Albert Chan Sun-chi, who is retiring.

Three additional consultation meetings were held this week after students stormed a board meeting on May 14 to prevent the university from appointing Chin.

Following the three meetings, the last of which took place on Thursday, students and staff said Chin did not know enough about the university and had avoided answering some questions.

The university said on Thursday it would not appoint Chin that same day, as has been the practice in the past with consultations for the position.

A university spokesman said the institution yesterday sent out letters to members of the council tasked with voting on the issue asking if they would appoint Chin, and their feedback showed unanimous support for him.

"I will endeavour to bring the university to new heights as one of the region's leading institutions of higher learning," Chin said in the university's announcement of his appointment.

Cheng Yan-kee, chairman of the council, praised Chin for his experience in higher education and public service.

But To Yiu-ming, spokesman for the university's 500-member faculty and staff union, said there still had not been enough consultation during the selection process and students and staff had been forced to accept whoever was presented to them.

"We hope to have further meetings with [Chin] so we can get to know him better," To said. "I hope he will be willing to listen to various opinions and make the university more open."

Chin was previously provost and deputy vice chancellor at the University of Hong Kong.