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First Harvard Campus Building to be Named After a Woman is “Topped Off”

April 2015

Harvard Business School (HBS) will soon have its first educational building named in honor of a woman, and also the first to be named after a Chinese-American. The four-story executive hub that is the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center just completed a major milestone in its construction schedule, as all exterior work on the building was completed. It will become a nurturing home for the more than 10,000 students from across the globe who attend HBS executive programs. Funders Dr. James S.C. Chao and the Chao family foundations envisioned not only a building where educational achievement would be strengthened, but also an inspiring space where leaders from across the world could come together and develop the relationships necessary to address global issues in a peaceful and productive way.












Complete with a tree and signatures, the final beam was recently hoisted atop the new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center at Harvard Business School. The spacious Center is expected to be completed next year.


It will become a nurturing home for the more than 10,000 students from across the globe who attend HBS executive programs. It will house classrooms, conference rooms, dining facilities and be a unique and nurturing space in which to bring together a large international executive student body to learn and collaborate with Harvard Business School professors and graduate students. These students will be the international leaders of tomorrow.


Funders Dr. James S.C. Chao and the Chao family foundations envisioned not only a building where educational achievement would be strengthened, but also an inspiring space where leaders from across the world could come together and develop the relationships necessary to address global issues in a peaceful and productive way.

Many of the Chao family members in attendance expressed their joy at being able to honor the memory of their mother in such a way, a woman who dedicated so much of her life to strengthening the quality of education, providing opportunities to access education for those unable to afford it, and strengthening cross-cultural ties between America and China.