The 20th president of Butler University has died. Bobby Fong led the school from 2001 to 2011 and most recently served as president of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Current Butler President James Danko describes Fong as a man of “exceptional integrity and kindness.” September 8, 2014

Statement From Ursinus College on The Death of Dr. Bobby Fong

COLLEGEVILLE, Penn. – Dr. Bobby Fong, President of Ursinus College since July 1, 2011, passed away Sept. 8 due to natural causes.

For the past three years, Bobby has been a thoughtful leader of our Ursinus community. He cared deeply for our students and was honored to have led an institution that encouraged them to live purposefully. This was always the greatest source of pride for Bobby, and he spoke eloquently of how Ursinus embraced the process of learning.

He was inspiring, passionate about Ursinus and very proud of our faculty, students and staff. He had a long and distinguished career that included two presidencies, a role as chief academic officer, a deanship and a well-earned reputation for his scholarship.

The college remains committed to the leadership and vision that Bobby brought to Collegeville. Our community can best honor his memory by striving to carry forward his vision for Ursinus.

Source: Ursinus College

September 8, 2014

Statement From Butler University President James Danko

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that former Butler University President, Dr. Bobby Fong, passed away this morning.

Guided by the example of his immigrant parents and his love of learning, Dr. Fong was known for his exceptional integrity and kindness. Dr. Fong's decade of service as our University's 20th President forever changed Butler for the better, and we are deeply grateful for his legacy of excellence. During his tenure from 2001 to 2011, he led major initiatives that strengthened Butler's academics, campus infrastructure, and stewardship.

Further information and details on memorial remembrances of Dr. Fong are forthcoming.

Please keep Suzanne, Jonathan, and Colin Fong, along with all those in the Butler and Ursinus communities, in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

As a reminder, Butler University's Counseling and Consultation Center staff is available to all members of the campus community.

Source: Butler University

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