CCSU News Release
Philanthropist leaves $6.5M gift to CCSU
Student facility to be named in his honor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 10, 2014
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The late Huang Chang-Jen, a philanthropist who dedicated his life to promoting education, bequeathed $6.5 million to Central Connecticut State University – the largest bequest the University has ever received, according to CCSU President Jack Miller.
Dr. Huang, born and raised in Hunan, China, passed away in 2012 after a long, successful life as an industrialist, humanitarian, and calligrapher.
“We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Huang’s support of CCSU which began some 25 years ago with a scholarship. He was a remarkable man, and we are grateful he chose CCSU as a place to continue his legacy,” President Miller said.
Huang first became involved with CCSU when he endowed a scholarship, two decades ago, supporting the exchange of students from Ouyang Yu Experimental Middle School in China to CCSU and also the exchange of CCSU graduate students to Ouyang Yu to teach English. He had also funded the construction of the school through one of his charities, the Ouyang Yu Foundation (named to honor his first wife). In 1990, CCSU awarded Huang the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Ha Lin Yip Huang, widow of Dr. Huang, visited the CCSU campus last month. In speaking of her husband she recalled, “He was a dedicated philanthropist—driven to invest his wealth in ways that would make life better for people through education, science, and medicine. He especially appreciated helping young people make their way in life, and his gift to Central Connecticut State University will continue to make that happen.”
Recalling a conversation with his father many years ago, Paul Huang said, “My father believed that, through the scholarships and endowments he established, he was helping to open doors to the world for young people -- giving them the opportunity to explore and learn about themselves. His gift to CCSU carries on his belief – our family tradition – that helping others is the basis for our own happiness.”
Huang’s gift will benefit his existing scholarship fund and will establish a new fund which will support scholarships to students in the CCSU Schools of Business, Education and Professional Studies, and Graduate Studies. The gift will also provide supplemental support for a proposed new student recreation facility, which, pending approval by the Board of Regents, will be named in his honor.
Gregory Gray, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents, expressed his deep appreciation following the bequest: “Dr. Huang is a wonderful example of those for whom giving is a thoughtful and sustained activity. From the first instance of his support over two decades ago to this latest bequest, he has created a legacy for himself and his family that is truly inspirational.”
Huang’s legacy includes the founding of the C.J. Huang Foundation, supporting Asian American community-based organizations, establishing the Asian Liver Research Center at Stanford University, and helping to build the Shanghai Children’s Hospital and the Wuhan University School of Nursing.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University in China and his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. In 1955, he moved to Thailand and established the U.S. Summit Corporation’s Bangkok Branch, rebuilding the Bangchak Oil Refinery into one of the largest conglomerates in Southeast Asia.
Later, he was chairman of H&W Enterprises, H&W Enterprises Bay Village and H&W Development LLC. He was also an associate at the Stanford Research Institute and served as an advisor to U.S. Congress.
Janice Palmer, CCSU Media Relations - 860.832.1791, 860.538.2649, firstname.lastname@example.org