IAUP celebrates golden anniversary

Fifty years after Peter Sammartino convened the first meeting of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the organization returned to its roots, celebrating its 50th anniversary at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College and Oxford University’s Trinity College, from May 22 to 24.


Above: The IAUP Executive Committee and Council of Senior Advisors conducted its semi-annual business meetings at Wroxton College.


Nearly 150 participants, including university presidents, vice chancellors, and rectors from more 40 countries, attended the meeting, which included a commemoration at Wroxton honoring the five founders of IAUP, Sammartino of FDU, Young Seek Choue of Kyung Hee University (Korea), Rochefort Weeks of University of Liberia, Carlos Romulo of University of the Philippines, and Jaime Benitez of University of Puerto Rico.

At the opening reception, on May 22, Professor Sir Andrew Hamilton, vice chancellor of Oxford University, who said, “I’m delighted to be able to give you a warm welcome to Oxford today, welcomed participants. It is wonderful that the 50th anniversary meeting is beginning here in IAUP’s birthplace, and that a new generation of university presidents is able to see Oxford and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College.”

On May 23, Inwon Choue, current president of Kyung Hee University and FDU alumnus, delivered the commemoration keynote at Wroxton College, observing, “The IAUP has achieved a great deal for the past 50 years. Its hands on ‘academe and humanity’ have been vigorous and visible. Great contributions have been made on international exchanges for various educational and research programs, as well as on peace and human welfare activities through its global collaborations with the United Nations, UNESCO and global civil society. All of these momentous achievements, I am sure, are based on the ‘great spirit’ as well as the ‘great tradition’ of the IAUP. For that, I salute all the members of the IAUP.”


Above: Sheldon Drucker receives a certificate of appreciation from IAUP Treasurer Ichiro Tanioka and IAUP Secretary-General Alvaro Romo at the closing dinner at Rhodes House in Oxford.


Choue also served as co-host of the meeting with President Sheldon Drucker of FDU, who welcomed IAUP participants to Wroxton College, which convened there for the first time since the inaugural meeting in 1965. Drucker said, “The common bond between the establishment of both Wroxton College and the IAUP was an extraordinary man named Peter Sammartino, who also happened to be the same man who founded Fairleigh Dickinson in 1942. Peter was an incredible visionary and a man of tremendous courage.” (Read President Drucker's complete address here)

The anniversary meeting also encompassed an academic conference, held at Oxford University’s Trinity College on May 24, on the theme of “Higher Education in 2065.”  Speakers included Professor Sir Nigel Thrift of University of Warwick, Professor Dame Glynnis Breakwell of University of Bath, John Wood, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Allan Goodman, President of the Institute for International Education, and Brendan O’Malley, managing editor and chair of the University World News.


Above, left to right, Sheldon Drucker, president of FDU; Toyoshi Satow, IAUP president and chair of J.F. Oberlin University (Japan); Sir Andrew Hamilton, vice chancellor of Oxford University; and Alvaro Romo, IAUP Secretary-General.


The proceedings of the IAUP 50th anniversary meeting will be collected in a book to be published next year by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Edited by Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs and IAUP secretary general emeritus, will serve as the companion to the proceedings of the inaugural meeting edited by Sammartino and published by FDU Press in 1965.

Scorza also organized the 50th anniversary meeting itself, the planning of which began more than two years ago. “It was the wish of [FDU President Emeritus] Michael Adams that the IAUP would return to Wroxton College for its 50th anniversary. I think that he would have appreciated the theme of ‘Higher Education in 2065.’   He believed that the best way to honor the past was to face the future with optimism and courage.” Adams served as president of the IAUP from 2011 until his death in 2012.

The 50th anniversary meeting was supported financially by generous sponsorships by Kyung Hee University, Seoul Cyber University and ELS Language Schools.