The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia is pleased to announce that Judith A. Berling has been named chair of its Board of Trustees, succeeding Michael Gilligan. The appointment was effective July 1, 2018.
“We are delighted that Judith will serve as our chair for the next three years,” United Board President Nancy Chapman said. “Judith brings to this role a wonderful combination of experience in higher education, commitment to whole person education, and familiarity with the United Board and its work in Asia. We are grateful to have someone with her academic stature and strategic vision take this leadership role as we approach our centennial in 2022 and define the United Board’s role for its second century.”
“It is an exciting time to be a trustee of the United Board as we approach our centennial,” Dr. Berling said. “The pressures on higher education in Asia are enormous, as are the opportunities. The United Board’s strong commitment to whole person education can support emerging leaders in Asia as they work to build a strong future for their societies.”
Dr. Berling is a noted scholar of Chinese religions and has extensive experience in interreligious learning and student-centered pedagogy. She holds the title of professor emerita of Chinese and comparative religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she served for 10 years as dean and 19 years as professor. Before that she taught in the Department of Religion at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her MPhil and PhD are in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University.
Dr. Berling first became a trustee of the United Board in 2001 and served as vice chair (2012-2017), secretary (2017-2018), and chair of the Program Committee (2012-2018). She served on the United Board’s Task Force on South Asia (2014-2015), which recommended steps to expand the organization’s work in South Asia, and on its Task Force on Christian Presence (2007), which explored the expression of Christian values and commitments in Asian higher education.
The United Board welcomes Judith Berling as its chair and also extends its deep appreciation to Michael Gilligan for his six years of service as chair of the Board of Trustees.