Philanthroper/Investor named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
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HAMMOND – Roger Wang, chairman and chief executive officer of one of China’s largest business concerns, has been named 2009 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association.
Originally from Taiwan, Wang, who heads up the Golden Eagle International Group, immigrated to the United States in 1970 and received his masters of business administration from Southeastern in 1973. He manages the highly successful real estate and retail business conglomerate located in Nanjing, China. The company has developed over 1.26 million square meters of commercial and residential space throughout the Jiangsu and Shanxi provinces, Shanghai and Kunming. A total of .35 million square meters of land is currently under construction with an additional 3.47 million square meters in the initial planning stages.
As the founder of the first foreign-invested group company in Nanjing, Wang is one of the most respected businessmen in the city. He has been recognized for his outstanding philanthropy and investing skills and has received numerous awards, including the title of “Honorary Citizen of Nanjing.” Under his guidance and initiative, the company established the Golden Eagle International Charity Foundation to aid China’s disabled citizens.
“Mr. Wang is a true example of the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “He used the skills and knowledge he gained as a student, combined them with his personal drive for success, and built a business empire in China, a very significant achievement. Mr. Wang has used his success to better the lives of many people. We are very proud to welcome him home as one of Southeastern’s most distinguished graduates and to recognize him as part of our Homecoming celebration.”
In addition to his business activities in China, Wang is also the Chairman and CEO of Transpacific Management Co., established and based in Los Angeles in 1978. The company provides management services to its investment portfolios within Southern California. Wang currently lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., with his wife and two daughters.
He will be honored at the university’s Alumni Awards Evening Friday, Oct. 16. Tickets for the event, scheduled for 7 p.m., at Twelve Oaks, are available from the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM. Wang will also reign as grand marshal in the Homecoming parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, Homecoming Day.
Southeastern Homecoming Week, Oct. 12-17, includes a variety of spirited games and activities for students; a community decorating contest; a bonfire on Thursday; and homecoming tailgating and reunions on Saturday. The week will culminate with the Southeastern Lions vs. Sam Houston State football game at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, contests and reunions, visit www.selu.edu/homecoming.