Bobby Fong, 2001-2011
When he became president of Butler on June 1, 2001, Fong was one
of only 20 Asian-American college presidents in the country. A
Harvard-educated Oscar Wilde scholar from Oakland, Calif., he
taught English and served in academic administration at Berea
College (Kentucky), Hope College (Michigan) and Hamilton College
(New York) before joining Butler.
During his tenure, Butler achieved successive balanced budgets
and record years for endowment growth, freshman enrollment and
fundraising, including $154 million in the ButlerRising Human
Capital Campaign. Several campus structures and renovations were
completed, including The Apartment Village student housing, Health
and Recreation Complex, the Efroymson Diversity Center, a new
Butler Bowl press box, and a 40,000-square-foot lab and classroom
addition to the Pharmacy Building.
Fong championed improved campus-community relationships, more
experiential-learning opportunities, equitable employee
compensation and active recruitment of minority students and
faculty. He considered Butler's invitation to establish a Phi
Beta Kappa chapter in 2010, and the increase in the University's
graduation rate from 62 percent to 73 percent over the decade, as
two significant highlights of his term. He left Butler to become
president of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.