CHUS President’s Letter

Greetings from the New President

April 27, 2013

Dear Colleagues and CHUS Members,

On behalf of the new board, I wish to thank all of you for trusting me to be the president of CHUS and for offering the new board members a chance to serve our organization for the next two years. I also wish to thank Dr. Xiaoping CONG and the previous board for their hard work during the past two years and for their collegial and selfless efforts to help the new board with the leadership transition process.

Please allow me to introduce to you the newly-elected board members and the division of labor among us: Dr. Chunmei Du (Western Kentucky University) will be the new secretary and membership director; Dr. Qiang Fang (University of Minnesota, Duluth) the treasurer; Dr. Margaret Kuo (California State University, Long Beach) the newsletter editor and website manager; and
Dr. Danke Li (Fairfield University), who has been serving as the organizational coordinator on the previous board for the past two years will continue to serve in the same capacity for one more term. I am extremely privileged to have this group of talented colleagues working with me for the next two years and CHUS is blessed to have their dedicated service.

In keeping with CHUS’ mission statement, the new board will continue the tradition of serving members, promoting historical scholarship and academic exchange, and developing CHUS into a vibrant academic community. To that end, in addition to continuing to sponsor panels for members at the AHA’s annual conference and working with the editorial board of The Chinese Historical Review to ensure the continuous publication of the journal, the new board will launch a number of new initiatives that focus on membership expansion, website management, and international conferences and exchange programs with China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Needless to say, the board’s success in achieving these goals will in part depend on the support and cooperation of CHUS’ members. We will count on that support and cooperation and hope the collective wisdom of CHUS’ members and the high ideals embodied in our organization’s mission will carry us forward.

Once again, thank you all for your trust and support and I wish everyone a successful conclusion of the academic year.

Zhiwei Xiao