Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award

Chang Lin Tien

Dr. Chang-Lin Tien made history as the first Asian American head of a major US research university when he became Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. Dr. Tien was also a founding board director of the Asian Pacific Fund. In 2006, his family partnered with the Fund to establish the Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award to recognize rising Asian American leaders in higher education with a $10,000 grant to establish a Chang-Lin Tien Scholarship Fund for Asian and Pacific Islander students at the recipient’s university.

The annual Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award honors an Asian American who has achieved significant academic accomplishments and demonstrates the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education. Asian Americans are underrepresented at this level of academic leadership. To honor Dr. Tien’s inspiring legacy, his family established this program to encourage more Asian Americans to aspire to the leadership that he exemplified.


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About Dr. Chang-Lin Tien

Chang-Lin Tien was the first Asian American to head a major US research university. During his seven-year tenure as chancellor of UC Berkeley, he strengthened undergraduate education, fostered diversity on the Berkeley campus and raised nearly $1 billion for the university.

Acclaimed as a teacher, scientist, administrator and a powerhouse fundraiser, Dr. Tien was admired by many students and faculty members. Dr. Tien was a familiar figure on campus, where he took daily walks, stopping to chat with students and even bringing cookies to students studying at the library late at night.

Under Dr. Tien’s leadership, the campus built several new facilities including the Haas School of Business. A week before telling UC Regents of his plans to resign, Dr. Tien announced a $15 million gift from Taiwanese donors toward construction of a new East Asian Library.