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  • Wellington Z. Chen


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Originally appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2000 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York, Mr. Chen was reappointed by the Governor in June 2005. Mr. Chen was born in Taiwan, and lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Brazil before arriving in New York over 30 years ago as an adolescent. He is conversant in several languages, including Chinese (Amoy, Cantonese, Mandarin), and Brazilian-Portuguese.

Mr. Chen, a resident of Queens and a 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, planning and zoning committees and helped to bring about the revival of downtown Flushing.

Mr. Chen is the Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership Development Corporation, and in this capacity he will lead the Chinatown Partnership in implementing major initiatives in tourism, marketing and public space improvements in a comprehensive effort to improve business conditions. Mr. Chen was a Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals which reviews zoning variances, special permits, and other land use appeals.

Mr. Chen is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research, and holds membership of the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management.