Dr Yuhang Rong transitioned to the role of Assistant Vice Provost for Global Affairs on July 1, 2014, after eight years of service as Assistant Dean for the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr Rong was then appointed as Assistant Vice President in February 2016, and subsequently Associate Vice President in July 2017. He represents the University as a Senior Leader to Universitas 21, a global research university network. He is a member of the network’s steering committee for student experiences. He also holds the position of Associate Professor in Residence in Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut.
Dr Rong earned his B.A. in English from East China Normal University (华东师范大学), his M.A. in Education Administration from West Virginia University, and his Ph.D. in Professional Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut.
He has worked in the fields of student affairs, international affairs, and academic affairs in higher education, as well as in the area of teacher quality enhancement in K-12 education. He has authored and/or administered grants from the United States Department of Education. He is the recipient of the American College Personnel Association Annuit Coeptis Award and the Manuscript of the Year Award by the Journal of College and University Student Housing.
In 2003, the Governor of the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut General Assembly recognized Dr Rong for his professional and civic contribution to the state as a first-generation immigrant. In the 2005-2006 academic year, he was selected and served as one of the Ford Foundation supported associates for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Since 2007, he has chaired accreditation visiting teams to numerous institutions around the world. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the Global Diversity Committee (and chair of the committee from 2012-2013) for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). In 2015, he was appointed as a Councilor of the Accreditation Council at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).