East-West Center Receives Largest Alumni Donation Ever


Longtime Taiwan IBM executive Gary S.H. Lin donates $300,000
to support EWC student scholarships and arts programs.

HONOLULU (March 14, 2016) – The East-West Center Foundation has received its largest single donation ever from a degree fellow alumnus. Longtime Taiwan IBM executive Gary S.H. Lin, who was a student at the Center in the 1960s, has donated $300,000 to support EWC student scholarships and arts programs. $250,000 of Lin’s gift will establish a scholarship fund to provide awards for one or more students from Taiwan who have an outstanding academic record and financial need, while the remaining $50,000 will provide support for Taiwan-related exhibitions or performances by the East-West Center Arts Program.

“We are tremendously grateful to Mr. Lin for stepping forward with this very generous gift,” said East-West Center External Affairs Director Karen Knudsen. “We will put the funding to the best possible use, and hope his gift will serve as an inspiration to others to contribute to Center’s mission.”

Mr. Lin said that he considers his experience at the East-West Center to have transformed his life, and he hopes that his scholarship will contribute to the Center’s efforts to provide ambitious and promising students from Taiwan with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to promote the welfare of people around the world.

Born in Taipei in 1940, Gary Lin was a degree scholarship awardee at the East-West Center from 1965 to 1967, when he received his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i. After returning to Taiwan, Mr. Lin launched a successful career in information technology, spending 27 years with IBM in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the U.S. before retiring in 1997 as the Director of Computer Outsourcing Services for IBM Greater China.  He then became a principal in Information Technology Total Services (ITTS), turning this struggling joint-venture into a leading business process outsourcing service provider. Mr. Lin and his wife, Wendy, have four children, Susan, Shirley, Suzette, and Tom, who all attended universities in the United States and are accomplished in finance, law and academia.