President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences
Professor Kong is SMU’s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 19-year old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU, Vice Provost and Vice President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios), and Executive Vice President (Academic) of Yale-NUS College. Professor Kong is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity. An award- winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems). She was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006.