Fall 2008

Trustee Established First Endowed Professorship for Mongolia

Missie Rennie, trustee of The Asia Foundation and Give2Asia, and her husband, Zach Taylor, recently endowed a Professorship chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at the National University of Mongolia, to be named “The Taylor Family – Asia Foundation Endowed Chair.” Committed to assisting Mongolia’s development, Rennie and Taylor determined that this would be of great benefit to furthering the study of ecology in the country. The incumbent will be an established and prominent leader in ecology and conservation biology teaching, research, and public outreach, with experience in the characterization of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the biotic communities inhabiting them, in Mongolia and regionally. This is the first endowed professorship for Mongolia. A ceremony to launch the position recently took place in Ulaanbataar, and Dr. B. Boldgiv, a PhD graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to be selected for the chair.

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