Dr. Chan Lai Wa named one of TIME Magazine's TIME 100

Dr. Chan Lai Wa named one of TIME Magazine's TIME 100

SCAD Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Chan Lai Wa and SCAD President and Cofounder Paula Wallace

Dr. Chan Lai Wa named one of TIME Magazine's TIME 100

April 17, 2012, 8 p.m.

TIME named Savannah College of Art and Design Board of Trustees Second Vice Chair Dr. Chan Lai Wa to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the April 30 issue of TIME, available on newsstands April 19, and now at time.com/time100.

The list, now in its ninth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals. As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world; it's a list of the most influential people in the world. They're scientists, they're thinkers, they're philosophers, they're leaders, they're icons, they're artists, they're visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people."

Chan is a distinguished entrepreneur, diplomat and patroness of the arts who has served on SCAD's Board of Trustees for more than a decade. In 1999, she established the China Red Sandalwood Museum in Beijing, China - the first and only museum of its kind dedicated to the preservation and education of the ancient Chinese art of sandalwood carving. Chan has continuously promoted international arts education and cultural exchange and is involved with many worthy causes in Asia and abroad. In recognition of her philanthropy and profound commitment to the arts, Chan was awarded an honorary doctorate from SCAD in 1999. Chan resides in Beijing with her husband.

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