Alum to Lead Asian University for Women

Fahima Aziz ’79 has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The vice chancellor position is the equivalent of the title of president in a US university.

Aziz, a professor of economics, currently holds the endowed Alkire Chair in International Business at Hamline University in Minnesota. She is expected to arrive in Chittagong in early May.

“I want to congratulate all members of the Asian University for Women community on their selection of Fahima Aziz as vice chancellor,” said MHC President Lynn Pasquerella.

“Fahima is a celebrated alumna of Mount Holyoke College and her daughter recently graduated from Mount Holyoke as well; thus, her selection is a source of great pride for our community. We look forward to collaborating with Fahima and AUW as we advance our shared mission in educating women from around the world in the liberal arts.”

Aziz’s daughter, Sonya Aziz-Zaman graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2010.

Aziz earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She chaired the departments of management and economics at Hamline University for ten years and concurrently led the environmental studies program there for seven years.

In accepting the appointment as the Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, Aziz commented: “I am drawn to AUW because of its mission to educate women for lives of leadership and service. I am a passionate supporter of women’s education and educational access in general. AUW embodies all of these values. I am very excited and look forward to working collaboratively with AUW’s dedicated faculty, staff and amazing students”.

Her appointment has drawn news coverage in the US and elsewhere.