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Volunteer Spotlight: E. Michael Fung, A79, A12P

About him

E. Michael Fung, A79, A12P, initially enrolled at Tufts because he planned to be a dentist, but after two years majoring in chemistry, switched to economics. Now, the chairman of JP Morgan Private Bank, Asia, is encouraging Tufts students to follow their hearts. "Being a doctor, lawyer, or even a banker isn't right for everyone," he says.

How he makes a difference

Fung attended the launch event for TFN last September at JP Morgan Chase's headquarters. Inspired by the event, the leadership of Tufts Alumni Hong Kong organized another event on finance for alumni, where Fung was among four panelists, including Moses Tsang, A06P; James Soutar, A88, and a member of the International Board of Overseers; and Paul Schulte, F88.

Last year, Fung also spent time with a dozen students from Tufts Financial Group, advising them on careers in finance and private wealth management, an industry he has worked in for more than 25 years. Traveling extensively as head of Asian business development and growth strategy for JP Morgan, Fung is passionate about sharing career advice with young people.

"Mr. Fung was eager to share his experience and honest in sharing his thoughts about the current job or internship climate," says Maria Fulwiler, A10, president of TFG. "Mr. Fung generously and enthusiastically imparted advice about life as liberal arts students, struggling to define our career goals."

A $1.5 million gift from Fung will name 48 Professors Row, which houses the Center for the Humanities, and establish the E.M. Fung Humanities Fellows, a fund that will support Tufts' ability to recruit top-flight doctoral candidates to disciplines such as drama, English, and history.

The gift is one of the largest ever received from a Tufts alumnus in Asia. Fung House will be named in honor of his parents, William and Cynthia.

What Tufts means to him

Fung and his wife, Rose, have encouraged their daughter Sarah, A12, to sample a variety of courses in the arts and sciences before settling on a major. "At Tufts, there is such depth in a variety of fields that, whatever major you choose, you will get a high-quality education," he says.

Fung's gift to Tufts allowed him to "raise appreciation of the humanities" while also recognizing the "dynamism, leadership, and confidence" of Tufts students. "In my mind," says Fung, "those are the defining qualities of Tufts students and graduates around the world."