Council to Consist of More Than One Dozen Current, Former Educational Leaders 

Washington, DC – October 13, 2015 – The 100,000 Strong Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of US students studying in China and learning Mandarin, today launched a new academic advisory council that will advise Foundation leadership on issues related to US-China educational engagement.

Chaired by Steven Knapp, President of The George Washington University, the academic advisory council comprises more than a dozen current and former leaders from a diverse group of educational institutions, including two- and four-year colleges and universities and academic umbrella organizations. These members, all of whom share the Foundation’s goal of increasing and diversifying Mandarin language learning in the US and study in China, will guide 100,000 Strong as a thought leader on US-China educational issues.

Current council members include:

Walter Bumphus, President, American Association of Community Colleges
Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
Dan Davidson, President, American Councils for International Education
Antonio Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Norman Francis, President Emeritus, Xavier University Louisiana
Rosalind Fuse-Hall, President, Bennett College
Allan Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education
Marlene Johnson, Executive Director & CEO, NAFSA
Steven Knapp (Chair), President, The George Washington University
David Leebron, President, Rice University
D. Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College
Sidney McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee State University
Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade Community College
John Sexton, President, New York University
Donna Shalala, President Emeritus, University of Miami

“We are honored to have such a prominent group of educators join us in our ongoing efforts to reach more – and more diverse – students who are interested in learning more about China,” said 100,000 Strong CEO Carola McGiffert “We must build a generation of leaders who value the US-China relationship and have the skills to steer it on a steady path.”

President Knapp, who also serves on the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, added that, “The George Washington University has long been committed to deepening educational ties between the US and China, and I am honored to help guide the growth of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, the premier people-to-people platform between our two countries.”


About the 100,000 Strong Foundation

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is a bipartisan non-profit that has been endorsed by the US and Chinese governments. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the US-China relationship by dramatically increasing the number and diversity of US students studying in China and learning Mandarin. We are dedicated to ensuring our next generation of leaders is prepared to compete, collaborate and succeed in a world in which China plays a central role.


Media contact: Erin Billings, Podesta Group