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Wake Forest University appoints Andy Chan vice president for career development


May 27, 2009

Wake Forest University has appointed Andy Chan as vice president for career development.

He will assume his new duties Aug. 1.  Currently, he is the assistant dean and director of the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB). 

Chan’s responsibilities at Wake Forest will include overseeing undergraduate career development, serving as a liaison to the career offices for the university’s graduate and professional schools, and serving as a resource for academic deans to build alumni mentoring programs, bolster orientation programs and enhance career advising programs.   In addition, Chan will participate in building new partnerships between academic and student affairs.

He will serve as a member of the senior staff of Provost Jill Tiefenthaler and as a member of President Nathan O. Hatch’s cabinet.

Chan will occupy a newly-created position that is a critical component of the university’s strategic plan.

“In our strategic plan, we have made a commitment to enhance career development and vocational discernment for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students,” Hatch said.  “Andy’s appointment is a significant step toward that goal.”

At Stanford, Chan is a member of the executive team of the senior associate dean of operations.  In addition to managing the GSB’s career center for students, he oversees alumni career services, which provides numerous career education and networking events, extensive Web resources, and executive coaching services for Stanford GSB alumni worldwide.  Chan also teaches and advises students and alumni on career, leadership and entrepreneurial issues.

Before joining Stanford, Chan served as president and CEO of eProNet, an online recruiting and career network based on exclusive relationships with university alumni associations.  Earlier, he was president and CEO of MindSteps, a corporate education software start-up.  He has also held general management, marketing and business development positions at The Learning Company, The Clorox Company, WorldRes, SyberVision Systems, and Dole Packaged Foods Corporation.  He was a management consultant at Bain & Company.

“In his career in higher education and the corporate world, Andy has developed extraordinary experience in the field of career development and recruiting,” Tiefenthaler said.  “Students, faculty, staff and alumni will benefit from the contributions he will make to the Wake Forest community.”

Chan complimented Wake Forest on its commitment to career services and placement.

“Wake Forest is boldly committed to innovating beyond traditional career services and job placement.  Universities today must inspire and guide students to think more deeply about their purpose, role and responsibilities in an increasingly complex world,” Chan said.  “I am honored and excited to be part of this ground-breaking initiative.”

Chan received a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1984 and the MBA degree in 1988, both from Stanford.

Press Contacts:

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(336) 758-5237


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