The United Board seeks applications and nominations for a
successor to its current President, who will retire on February 1,
2023, after 12 years in the position.
The United Board is a nongovernmental organization with a staff
of 24 and an annual budget of approximately $10 million.
Incorporated in New York, it has offices in New York city and Hong
Kong with a consulting presence in Chennai, India. It is registered
as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United States and as
a public charity in Hong Kong.
The United Board is committed to education that develops the
whole person – intellectually, spiritually, and ethically. It draws
strength from its Christian identity and values and its
collaboration with Asian colleges and universities. It is seeking
an energetic, forward-thinking individual to lead the organization
into its next century. The rapidly changing field of higher
education in Asia overall and the distinct differences from county
to country provide exciting challenges and opportunities for the
President and staff.
Founded in 1922, the United Board’s work in its first three
decades focused on 13 Christian colleges and universities in China
and took its name from the union of the governing boards of these
institutions, which recognized the benefits of combining their
efforts to create and sustain higher education institutions. Its
support came in the form of raising funds and coordinating their
use to support capital construction, library collections, student
scholarships, and other critical educational functions including
sponsoring visiting American faculty and staff.
The United Board suspended its work in China in 1951 and shifted
its efforts to other places, becoming the largest single source of
funding support of Tunghai University in Taiwan and providing major
support to Chung Chi College in Hong Kong in its early years.
Elsewhere in Asia, the United Board provided assistance to
International Christian University in Japan, Yonsei University in
Korea, and Silliman University in the Philippines. Later decades
brought expansion of the United Board’s work to additional
institutions in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,
Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand,
Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. The United Board was formally invited to
return to mainland China in 1980 and has provided support there for
faculty development, new academic disciplines, and programs to
improve teaching and learning.
Today, the United Board’s network continues to thrive and grow.
In recent years, it has worked with more than 80 institutions of
higher education from 15 countries and regions, providing
scholarships, fellowships, training, professional development,
project grants, and general support to promote whole person
education in Asia.
The United Board endeavors to respond to the diverse challenges
and opportunities faced by its partners in higher education in
Asia, especially where the needs are great. It shares their
interests in developing institutions that offer multidisciplinary
education and that nurture mutual respect among religious and
cultural traditions. The United Board’s approach is ecumenical and
inclusive: its primary involvement is with Christian institutions,
but it also reaches out to other colleges and universities that
share its commitment to whole person education. Solidarity with
educators at these institutions forms the foundation of its work.
It identifies needs and finds ways to address them
The United Board’s programs and grants support institutions to
improve the quality of education and foster linkages and networks
among Asian institutions of higher education. Its current focus is
on seven program areas: leadership development; faculty
development; culture and religion in Asia; campus-community
partnerships; digital content and programming; resource
development; and special initiatives. Funding is from contributions
from individuals including alumnae/i of Asian institutions,
foundations, and income from the United Board's endowment.
The President is the chief executive officer of the organization
and works in close cooperation with the Board of Trustees, staff,
and leaders of partner institutions to provide the leadership and
direction for the organization. In conjunction with the Executive
Vice President, Vice President for Programs, and program directors,
the President engages leaders of partner organizations across Asia
and the United States in identifying key issues in higher
education, including sharing best practices globally.
The position is currently based in New York, NY. The United Board
is open to consideration of the new President being based there, in
Hong Kong, or in another Asian city.
The salary range for the New York City-based position is
$320,000 to $440,000.
The President is the public face of the United Board and is
- Serving as chief representative and
spokesperson of the organization, exemplifying its Christian
values, and articulating the rationale for whole person
- Maintaining a strong relationship with a
committed and engaged Board of Trustees.
- Leading an ongoing process of strategic
planning, working with the Board of Trustees, staff, and
- Managing decisions with respect to personnel,
programs, grants, and budget in a way that effectively supports the
United Board’s mission.
- Providing leadership to maintain the financial
integrity and overall health of the organization; managing and
maintaining an open and transparent relationship with staff and
consultants, leveraging their knowledge and experience, and
promoting their professional development; identifying, cultivating,
and pursuing funding sources in collaboration with the development
staff; and being knowledgeable of U.S. laws and best practices
governing international grantmaking.
- Regular and extensive travel in Asia and the
- Maintaining and growing a large network of
grantees and institutional leaders.
- Fostering a collaborative culture.
- Programmatic success.
- A demonstrated commitment to the Christian
mission of the United Board with the capacity to sustain and
reinforce the United Board’s distinctive mission, vision, and
- Strong understanding of and experience with
higher education in Asia and the United States, including current
trends and changes; commitment to excellence in education writ
large, with sensitivity to and respect for the range of
institutions throughout the region.
- An earned doctorate is preferred.
- Experience living, working, and traveling for
professional reasons in both the United States and Asia.
- A distinguished record of accomplishment with
increasing levels of responsibility in higher education,
grantmaking, diplomacy, NGOs, and/or other fields where
international and multicultural competency, particularly involving
Asia, is essential.
- Strong leadership, management, and advocacy
skills; a "connector" who will strengthen the United Board’s
current relationships and build new ones; a skilled manager of
budgetary resources with strategic planning experience.
- Proven track record in grantmaking and
- Ability to think strategically, lead and work
with a team, and foster a unified team mentality in a multicultural
and widely dispersed staff.
- Fluent communication skills in English. A
working knowledge of at least one Asian language
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity,
equity, and inclusion.
- The ability to convey a strong and compelling
presence; able to inspire people to perform at a high level; a
confident leader who can build, motivate, retain, and lead a strong
team of people who collaborate to achieve results; able to create
an environment that attracts and supports strong
- A visionary who is innovative and
- An outstanding communicator with the ability to
anticipate problems, resolve ambiguity, and take decisive action
with diplomacy and tact.
- Genuine, authentic, and highly relational
servant-leader with deep emotional intelligence who demonstrates
integrity, gravitas, and trust.
The United Board is an
equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed
to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every sense of the word
– from background and birthplace to experience and ideas.
All applicants will be considered for employment without
attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, citizenship, veteran, or disability
Please send nominations or
applications including cover letters and CVs to
G. Angela Henry and Susan Meade at