President J. Michael Adams Named to United Nations University Governing Council

TEANECK, N.J. (Oct. 11, 2010) Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams has been named to the governing council of United Nations University (UNU), a Tokyo-based international system of research and training institutes.

Adams, the sole appointee from the United States, will join 13 other new members of the UNU Council who will serve for a term of six years. The council, which has 10 incumbent members, formulates the principles and policies of the university, governs its operations and approves its biennial budget and work program.


Im very honored to be selected for this prominent post, Dr. Adams said. This appointment is a reflection of the growing influence and reputation of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and I look forward to representing FDUs special community of scholars and contributing to the important mission of the United Nations University.

United Nations University was founded in 1973 to serve as a think-tank for the U.N. and as an international community of scholars, as well as to contribute to capacity building, particularly in developing countries. In recent years, it has issued reports and recommendations on global wealth inequality, biotechnology and its applications, the marine environment and fish stocks, and desertification.


UNU was first proposed in 1969 by then-U.N. Secretary-General U Thant. It receives financial support from voluntary contributions from governments, agencies, foundations and individual donors. Its students are postgraduate or young postdoctoral researchers, mainly from developing countries, who receive advanced training as UNU Fellows or participate in UNU training courses, seminars and workshops. University institutes and programs are located in 12 countries around the world and coordinated by the U.N. University Center in Tokyo. The university website is at


Adams joined Fairleigh Dickinson University as president in 1999 after 15 years as academic dean of the Nesbitt College of Design Arts at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is president-elect of the International Association of University Presidents and co-author of Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation (Kumarian Press, 2006).


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