The University of Texas at Dallas has established the Center for Asian Studies, which expands its commitment to programs that previously were components of the University’s earlier initiatives, the Confucius Institute and the Asia Center. It will operate in tandem with the University’s Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art.
This new center, reporting to Provost Inga Musselman, will be led by founding director Dr. Dennis Kratz. Kratz is leaving the position of dean of the School of Arts and Humanities that he has held for 22 years to take up responsibilities as senior associate provost. In his new position, he will join with other UT Dallas leaders in planning and developing support for a proposed new arts and performance complex that will encompass the Crow Museum and a new performance hall, while also directing the new center.
Dr. Charles Ku, former board member of the Crow Museum and former president of the Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, said Asian communities are excited about the new center.
“Asia is now so important, in regards to trade, population and technology. We need to understand, to learn from and to communicate with Asia,” he said. “A great university is not complete without a center for Asian studies.”