The New York State Senate unanimously approved on June 22 the appointment of Wellington Z. Chen, a Senior Vice President of the TDC Development Corporation, to serve on The City University of New York Board of Trustees, effective immediately.
Trustee Chen’s appointment will fill the remaining three years of the term held by Dr. Anne Paolucci, who resigned last year.
Trustee Chen, a resident of Queens and long-time community leader, graduated from the School of Architecture and Environmental Studies at City College. He was the first Chinese American in Queens to serve on a community planning board, where he chaired the cultural affairs, housing, landmarks and zoning committees and helped to bring about the revival of downtown Flushing. More recently, he was a commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals which reviews zoning variances, special permits and other land use appeals.
Trustee Chen has held a number of senior architectural and design posts in private industry, including four years in the early 1980s with the firm of I. M. Pei & Partners.
During that time, he was part of the design team that developed the 70-story Bank of China Building in Hong Kong and the ARCO Tower in Dallas, Texas.
He is currently a planning, design and land use consultant, and serves on the Queens County Traffic Safety Board. Trustee Chen is fluent in several languages, including Chinese: Amoy, Cantonese, and Mandarin; and Brazilian-Portuguese. He is also a Senior Associate of the New York Society of Architects.