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Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Michigan State University

San Francisco, December 7, 2011 — David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation, has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate of humanities from Michigan State University. Mr. Arnold, who received his master’s degree from MSU, is being recognized for his significant achievements in the fields of international development and education. The honorary degree will be awarded at the University on Friday, December 9 in East Lansing. 

“I’m particularly honored to receive a degree from an institution that prides itself on international engagement and a transformative academic experience,” shared David D. Arnold. “The intellectual curiosity for the world I cultivated as a MSU public policy graduate student has stayed with me throughout my career in international affairs.”

A Michigan native, Mr. Arnold is currently the sixth president of The Asia Foundation, a non-profit international development organization. Mr. Arnold summarized challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and the organization’s impact across the region: “Asia is playing an increasingly important role in today’s global narrative, yet faces tremendous human needs and economic development challenges. I am proud to be leading an institution that for nearly 60 years has been devoted to creating a more peaceful, prosperous, open, and just future for the people of Asia.”

Since joining The Asia Foundation in January 2011, Mr. Arnold has undertaken a major review of the organization’s regional development activities and launched new initiatives focused on technology innovations and Asian leadership development.

Before joining The Asia Foundation, Arnold served for seven years as president of the American University in Cairo, where he oversaw the construction of a new $400 million campus and the launch of the university’s first doctoral program. Previously, Mr. Arnold served for six years as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest educational exchange organization. Between 1984 and 1997, he worked for the Ford Foundation, serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then for six years as the organization’s representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Mr. Arnold began his public service career in 1975 as program budget analyst with the Michigan Department of Labor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University. Read David D. Arnold’s full biography here.

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