Widener University Receives Donation to Expand Global Leadership Institute

John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times -- The family of a Widener University trustee has pledged a $1 million commitment toward the university’s global leadership initiatives.

The family of Richard Tan, who joined the board of trustees in May, donated the gift to Widener’s Oskin Leadership Institute, which provides students with various opportunities to develop global leadership skills.

The donation specifically will be used to expand partnerships between Widener and Chinese universities. The students and staff of those participating universities will learn foreign languages, culture and means of business.

Tan is the founder and president of Pacific Millennium Holdings Corp. of Shanghai, which engages in paper distribution and manufacturing. He also is the vice chairman of the Shanghai Chamber of International Commerce and has advocated for Asian economic growth.

“I am impressed with the mission and vision of the Oskin Leadership Institute and its emphasis on developing global leadership,” Tan said in a statement. “Because of the institute, Widener is only going to get stronger and its reputation will swell.”

For three years, Tan has helped create and cultivate partnerships between Widener and Chinese universities, particularly Chongqing Technology and Business University. To date, 97 Widener and Chongqing students and faculty have participated in exchanges between the two universities.

Widener’s Oskin Leadership Institute, housed in Founders Hall, opened in October. The Oskin family established the institute in November 2008 through a $5 million donation.

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