Bio. Dr. William A. Stanton
William A. Stanton joined National Chengchi University in the fall semester of 2021 as a University Chair Professor in the International College of Innovation. Previously known as National Yang Ming University, now National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, appointed Dr. Stanton as a Vice President on August 16, 2019 and subsequently as a Senior Vice President. He earlier served from August 2017 to July 2019 as a Professor at the Center for General Education at National Taiwan University. Dr. Stanton also worked for four years as the George K.C. Yeh Distinguished Chair Professor and founding director of the Center for Asia Policy at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). From October 2014 through January 2016, he was also NTHU’s Senior Vice President for Global Affairs. For two semesters, from 2012 to 2013, he was an Upper School teacher at the Taipei American School, where he taught sophomore English classes, Advanced Placement courses in American Government and Comparative International Politics, and a seminar for juniors and seniors on Taiwan, U.S., and PRC relations.
Dr. Stanton earlier served for 34 years as a U.S. diplomat. His final diplomatic posting was as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) from 2009 to 2012. During his tenure, AIT achieved significant progress on several key bilateral issues, including Taiwan's entry into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, two major security assistance agreements, increased high-level visits by U.S. Government officials, major progress in the construction of a new AIT office building complex, and the resolution of different trade disputes, including the re-introduction of U.S. beef into Taiwan. He also won Taiwan governmental approval of tax deductions for charitable donations to Taipei American School. For his contributions to U.S. exports to Taiwan, Dr. Stanton won the State Department’s 2011 Charles E. Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development. For his overall contributions to U.S.-Taiwan relations, Taiwan awarded Dr. Stanton the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon.
Dr. Stanton’s other senior Foreign Service assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea (2006-09) and also at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia (2003-06). During the latter assignment, he held the position of Chargé d'affaires ad interim for some 22 months. His other Asia-related experience includes: two three-year assignments (1987-90 and 1995-98) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the second as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs; Deputy Director for the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs; and Special Assistant for East Asia and Pacific Affairs for the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
Dr. Stanton also served as the: Director of the Office of Egyptian and North African Affairs; Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs; Political-Military Affairs Officer in Embassy Islamabad; Country Officer for Lebanon; Staff Assistant for the Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asian Affairs; Watch Officer/Editor in the Department of State’s Operations Center; and Consular and Political Officer at Embassy Beirut.
Dr. Stanton's State Department awards included the Secretary's Career Achievement Award, three Superior Honor Awards, one Superior Group Award, and several performance awards. For his contributions to the U.S. Forces Korea Command from 2006 to 2009, the U.S. Department of the Army awarded Dr. Stanton the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.
Dr. Stanton earned a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Fordham University in New York, which he attended on a University Scholarship, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. (1978) in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended on a National Defense Education Act Fellowship. He also spent a year studying at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, 1966-67.