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Naropa University Appoints New President

May 23, 2012

Naropa University, founded by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, has announced the appointment of Charles G. Lief as its next president, starting in August 2012. Mr Lief has been an active part of the Naropa community for 39 years, having participated in some of the earliest discussions that culminated in the creation of the Naropa Institute in 1974.

An early North American student of Naropa's founder, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, he was an original member of the Nalanda Foundation board of directors (Naropa's nonprofit home for its first decade). He has been a member of the board of trustees since its formation in 1986 and has served as chair of the board of Trustees for the past year. Mr Lief was a board member and past chair of Shambhala, under the leadership of the Druk Sakyong and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Naropa Lineage Holder.

"Chuck's enduring relationship with Naropa is inherently connected to Naropa's founder and the school's foundation, as well as Naropa's future," says Martin Janowitz, acting Naropa board chair. "During his time as Chair, he maintained a clear focus and steady hand, and during his many years of board service, including more than a decade chairing the board's finance committee, he played a leading role in moving the university in the direction of flourishing academic, strategic, and financial strength. Naropa University will benefit greatly from his broad experience in nonprofit and business management, law, social entrepreneurship, teaching, and fundraising. Chuck will bring all this experience to his already long standing commitment to Naropa's community and mission."

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(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)