SINGAPORE: On Monday (25 Sep), the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) revealed its new chancellor, former President Halimah Yacob, who will officially assume the role starting October 1st.
She takes over from Stephen Lee, who has held the position since 2018.
Following her recent resignation as Singapore’s eighth President on September 13th, Madam Halimah Yacob now embarks on her new role as SUSS Chancellor, with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam succeeding her in the city-state’s highest office.
SUSS extends its heartfelt gratitude to Mr Stephen Lee for his steadfast support during his tenure as SUSS Chancellor, where he brought dignity and weight to SUSS’ convocation ceremonies, marking a significant milestone for thousands of SUSS graduates.
Renowned for her advocacy on critical social issues and her dedication to lifelong learning, Madam Halimah expressed her deep honor at her appointment as SUSS Chancellor.
“I am honoured to be appointed as the new Chancellor of SUSS. This university has a unique place in Singapore, with its mission to inspire learning for life. It is something I firmly believe in, as it is a mindset that empowers individuals to embrace change in an ever-evolving world and to continue growing throughout their lives. ”
“I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure SUSS’ continued success in impacting society through applied social sciences.”
SUSS underscores that Madam Halimah’s wisdom, leadership, and unwavering commitment are perfectly aligned with the university’s values, undoubtedly serving as a wellspring of inspiration for the SUSS community on its journey toward excellence.
Madam Halimah’s career is marked by several groundbreaking achievements. In 2013, she became the first woman to be elected as the ninth Speaker of Parliament. Subsequently, she made history as Singapore’s first female President, presiding over the nation from 2017 to 2023.
Madam Halimah holds patronage over more than 40 charitable and community organizations, including SUSS.
She has graced several university events, including the renaming ceremony for SUSS’ School of Human Development & Social Services to the S R Nathan School of Human Development.
On the other hand, Stephen Lee, the outgoing chancellor, boasts a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors.
Currently, he chairs NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative and Shanghai Commercial Bank (Hong Kong) and serves as a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers.
He also holds directorships with prominent organizations such as Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, CapitaLand Limited, and the Singapore Labour Foundation.
Reflecting on these transitions, SUSS President Tan Tai Yong expressed the university’s privilege in welcoming Madam Halimah Yacob as the new chancellor.
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