Hang Seng Management College Appoints Professor Simon S.M. Ho as New President
24 September 2013
At a special joint meeting held today, the Board of Governors and College Council of Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) unanimously approved the recommendation of the Search Committee to appoint Professor Simon S.M. Ho – currently Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) of the University of Macau and former Dean of the Business School at Hong Kong Baptist University – as the new President of the College for a period of five years. Professor Ho will assume office in March 2014.
In February 2013, the College Council approved the establishment of the Search Committee for the President, comprising the Chairman of the Board and Council as Chairman, two members appointed by the Council (one from the Board and another from the Council), a School Dean elected from among the Deans and 11 members of academic staff elected from nominated members (one from each of the 11 academic departments).
The Search Committee met in March to discuss and confirm timelines, selection criteria and the appointment of a professional recruitment firm to assist in the search. The international recruitment agency Korn/Ferry International was appointed following a tendering process. In April, an open forum was held to consult staff, students and alumni on the selection process and the selection criteria. Advertisements were placed in local and overseas media, and letters were written to local tertiary institutions to invite them to publicise the search and make nominations.
The key requirements for the new President were that he or she should be:
The Search Committee met with a number of well-qualified candidates during the selection process. Two rounds of formal interviews were conducted in July and August. There was then a final round of interviews, in which the President of the Student Union was invited to participate.
After careful deliberation, the Search Committee resolved unanimously to recommend Professor Ho to the Board of Governors and College Council for appointment as the next President of HSMC.
Professor Ho is a distinguished academic scholar with an excellent track record of experience in university teaching, research and administration. An international expert in corporate governance, he has published widely on a variety of topics within his sphere of interest. In 2008, the Aspen Institute in the US awarded him their Faculty Pioneer Award and he was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics’ by Ethisphere, one of the world’s best-known business ethics and anti-corruption organisations. His public service work includes serving as a member of a number of Hong Kong SAR Government Committees, and he is Founding President or Vice-President of several professional organisations.
Ms Rose Lee, Chairman of the Board and Council, said that she is delighted with the appointment. “Professor Ho’s vision for the College reflects the core values of its founders. With his experience and drive, the College will take great strides towards achieving its strategic goals with the overarching aim of providing young leaders of tomorrow with a well-rounded education that emphasises both professional business skills and civic responsibility.”
Professor Ho said: “I am honoured by this appointment and humbled by the trust that has been placed in me by the Board of Governors and the Council, staff, students and alumni at HSMC. I will work to uphold the College’s founding principles and further enhance academic standards in service of its long-term development objectives.”
A brief biography of Professor Ho is attached.
Hang Seng Management College
Professor Simon S. M. Ho
Professor Simon Shun-Man Ho is Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) of the University of Macau. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Business cum Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy (CCGFP) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Director of the School of Accountancy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He obtained his BBA, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Washington (USA), London School of Economics (UK), and the University of Bradford (UK) respectively, and is a certified public accountant in the UK, Australia and Canada.
Professor Ho is former Vice President of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER), Founding President of the Hong Kong Academic Accounting Association, Founding Vice President of the Hong Kong Professional and Senior Executive Association and Council Member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. He has also served on a number of Hong Kong SAR Government Committees. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Forum, Editor of the Asian Journal of Business Ethics and an advisor to a number of international bodies.
An internationally recognised expert on corporate governance, Professor Ho has published many books and academic articles and is a columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal and China Daily. In the past two decades, he has focused on strategies for the reform of corporate and market governance practices and developing a new value-based market structure and corporate governance model.
His work on corporate governance, family businesses and corporate social responsibility has received wide attention and several awards. In 2008, he received the Faculty Pioneer Award from the US-based Aspen Institute and was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics’ by Ethisphere, one of the world’s best-known business ethics and anti-corruption organisations.
Professor Ho is a committed advocate of liberal arts education and is involved in a number of initiatives that aim to enhance academic standards and teaching structures in general education. He also regularly writes and speaks on the importance of making greater civic awareness and social responsibility a key part of the educational experience.