January 21, 2020Stephany Prince has been named the Executive Director of the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. She joins UC Berkeley after serving at Stanford University in a number of leadership capacities, including as the Director of Finance and Administration for the School of Medicine, Biomedical Ethics. “We are thrilled with the wide diversity of Stephany’s leadership experience that she will bring. She has been a community leader, a state university leader, not to mention an award winning leader at Stanford University,” says Lee Fleming, Faculty Director of the Fung Institute. “This unique background will empower her to help the institute fulfill its commitment to all of its diverse student bodies and deepen our impact across campus and beyond.”
Expanding Fung Institute’s partnershipsAs Executive Director of the Fung Institute, Stephany will be responsible for setting the strategic vision for expanding the institute’s presence on the UC Berkeley campus as well as developing mission-aligned partnerships with companies and non-profits in the Bay Area. Stephany brings 19 years of experience in higher education administration and plans to use her strengths in organization and analytics to motivate staff towards reaching a common goal. “I look forward to working with the high-performing Fung Institute staff on developing innovative goals and executing ideas towards shaping the next generation of technical leaders,” says Stephany. She is attracted to the challenge of leading an institute that touches on interdisciplinary learners at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. She is equally excited about the potential for strong collaborations and the diversity of new ideas. As a California native, Stephany looks forward to working towards the University of California’s public mission of developing an educated workforce that keeps the California economy competitive. Stephany comes with extensive experience in building strategic partnerships and developing innovative programs in a higher education setting, with an eye on fostering equity and inclusion,” said Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of Engineering at UC Berkeley. “It is auspicious that Stephany is joining us as the executive director of the Fung Institute during a time when the campus community is reflecting upon and celebrating the contributions of women to our campus and beyond. I look forward to all that she will accomplish together with the rest of the leadership team of the Fung Institute in the coming years to expand the scope and impact of its educational programs.”
Mentorship as a passionIn addition to leading the vision of the institute, Stephany looks forward to mentoring staff and helping them reach their full potential as leaders. Stephany was a first-generation college student. As a result, she leaned on community mentors and professors to guide and light her path to navigate higher education and pursue various career paths. Her personal experiences have inspired her to give back by working with youth in her community and investing in the professional development of her various teams. In 2003, Stephany launched SDB Educational Consulting Services, a non-profit committed to the retention, yield, and graduation rates of K-12 students of color in San Jose, CA.
“I’m really thrilled that there are so many different components of the institute and that this position brings all of my cumulative work experience and skill sets together,” shares Stephany.“With her diverse and inclusive experiences and achievements, Stephany embodies so many ideals of the Institute,” says Coleman Fung, founder of the Fung Insitute. The Fung Institute is looking forward to building on past successes and continuing its development of strategic and tangible objectives under Stephany’s leadership. Stephany joins UC Berkeley after serving at Stanford University in a number of leadership capacities. She had led department charges to ensure compliance with university policies and procedures related to funding, NCAA requirements, admission processes, curriculum standards, diversity initiatives, and honors’ curriculum. Stephany has managed the third largest undergraduate major on the Stanford campus by setting strategic goals, making program policy decisions, completing WASC assessments, and identifying funding opportunities. Stephany’s greatest passion is mentoring and empowering staff! Stephany is a native Californian, a graduate of San Jose State University, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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