The Asia Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees
San Francisco, January 31, 2006 — Board trustees Theodore Eliot, Mary Brown Bullock, and James Kelly will contribute vast international relations expertise
The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced today that Ambassador Theodore L. Eliot, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; Mary Brown Bullock, president of Agnes Scott College, a China specialist and former director of the Asia program at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and James A. Kelly, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; have joined its board of trustees. The announcement was made during The Asia Foundation’s winter board of trustees meeting at its headquarters in San Francisco. In 2006, their expertise and vision will aid The Asia Foundation as it continues its work in more than 20 Asian countries, including a priority commitment to the political and economic success of Afghanistan and to foster improved understanding and relations among the people and governments of Asia and the United States.
“We are very pleased and honored by their commitment to The Asia Foundation,” said Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation. “Their deep knowledge of Asia and U.S.-Asia relations will support our important programs throughout the region.”
Theodore L. Eliot, Jr. is a trustee emeritus of The Asia Foundation and was previously an active trustee from 1990 to 2002. He served 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including in Sri Lanka, Germany, the Soviet Union and Iran and, from 1973 to 1978 as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. His positions in the Department of State included Country Director for Iran, Executive Secretary of the Department, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and Inspector General. He was also dean of the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 1978 to 1985 and then worked as director of the Center for Asian-Pacific Affairs at The Asia Foundation. He is on the board of Neurobiological Technologies, Inc. A resident of Sonoma County, California, Mr. Eliot is a member and past chair of the Advisory Committee to the County’s Agricultural Preservation and Open Space Committee.
Mary Brown Bullock is president of Agnes Scott College. A China specialist, her research and publications focus on the role of American medicine and science in China and on U.S.-China relations. She chairs the China Medical Board of New York, Inc. and is a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on U.S.-China Cooperation in Science, Policy, Research and Education. She is also an occasional commentator on U.S.-China relations on CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. Following a series of major research grants, Dr. Bullock was director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China from 1977 to 1988. She then served as director of the Asia program at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and was a professorial lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Bullock is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese history from Stanford University.
James A. Kelly is president of EAP Associates, Inc. and served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from May 2001 to January 2005. Prior to that, he was president of the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies in Honolulu. In addition, Mr. Kelly served at the White House in Washington, D.C. as special assistant for National Security Affairs to President Ronald Reagan, and as senior director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council, from March 1986 to March 1989. From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Kelly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, East Asia and Pacific. Mr. Kelly is chair of the U.S. Committee for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and is a Counselor of Pacific Forum/CSIS. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Korea Economic Institute and Marvin & Palmer Associates, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware. A resident of Hawaii and Arlington, Virginia, Kelly is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration and the National War College. He served in the U.S. Navy, concluding his active duty as a captain.
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