Dam Bich Thuy, founding president of Fulbright University Vietnam, will give the 2019 commencement address at Carthage College.
Thuy will also receive an honorary degree.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. May 26 in the N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center on the Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
“It is my honor to be the speaker for Carthage College’s commencement this year. While I am eager to talk to you, I am also humbled to have this invaluable opportunity to learn more from such a prestigious liberal arts college in the U.S.,” Thuy said in a statement. “I hope that this occasion will further foster the long-term relationships between our two institutions.”
Thuy helped establish Fulbright University Vietnam, a university that embraces the American liberal arts education approach.
The school is currently refining the undergraduate program as it prepares to enroll its first students this fall for the 2019-2020 inaugural year.
“How to design a liberal arts university from scratch is not a question for the faint of heart. What curriculum? What pedagogy? What faculty? What facilities? What technology?” Carthage President John Swallow said.
“President Thuy, who began her education studying by candlelight in Vietnam and went on to lead an accomplished career in international business, is unusually experienced in wrestling with the far-reaching question of what education should mean for a society.
“I am thrilled that she is able to share her insights on that most important topic.”
Before assuming her current role, Thuy spent nearly 20 years in the financial services sector, serving in a variety of capacities.
After completing her graduate studies, she joined the Australia New Zealand Bank, helping set up ANZ’s investment banking business in Asia.
Ten years later, she was tapped to lead ANZ’s Vietnam operations, making her the first Vietnamese national to lead an international bank in Vietnam.
Thuy holds degrees from the University of Hanoi and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.