Yikang Bai, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) who teaches Chinese and studies at Fayetteville State University (FSU), will be the third student selected for Chancellor James A. Anderson's "Chancellor for a Day" program. Bai will spend an entire day with Chancellor Anderson on April 15, 2009.
Bai follows two other FSU students who have participated in the program. They are Yasmin Aljuwani and Matthew Wynne. Like his predecessors, Bai filled out an application and wrote an essay expressing his desire to experience hands-on what Chancellor Anderson does during his workday as FSU's chief executive officer. In his essay, Bail said the "Chancellor for a Day" program will further enable him to have close observation of American higher education administration, to understand American higher education from the perspectives of a student, a teacher, and an administrator, and to learn from one of the best educational systems in the world.
"When I go back to China, my hands-on experience with FSU's chief executive officer, Chancellor Anderson, will allow me to speak first-hand about American higher education, and I will share what I have learned in America with my Chinese colleagues," Bai said in his essay.
At FSU, Bai is a volunteer with the Lunch Buddy Program and is one of the organizers of Chinese Movie Week, a program designed to give Chinese language learners an opportunity to learn more about the country.
The "Chancellor for a Day" program is designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the university by shadowing the Chancellor for one day. They will participate in all of the activities and meetings scheduled for the Chancellor. The main goals of the program are to: 1) give students an opportunity to be a part of the administrative process; 2) emphasize the role of the student in the university; 3) give students experience in the decision making process; and 4) enable students to gain some understanding of the leadership skills required for managing a multifaceted organization and the synergy required for operating as a whole.
Members of the media are invited to cover this event. For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.