Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Deputy General Counsel
Willis Wang was appointed in 2009 to create and oversee Boston University’s first Office of Global Programs.
As Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Willis plays a senior leadership role in the development, coordination, and implementation of Boston University’s global strategy.
In addition to managing a Global Programs team that provides strategic support and operational oversight for many of the University’s international engagements, including degree granting schools in the Middle East and research in Africa, Willis has management responsibility for three other divisions within the Global Programs Office. These divisions are the (1) Study Abroad division, (2) the International Students and Scholars Office, and (3) the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs. Together, the Office of Global Programs comprises hundreds of people working for the University year-round in more than 14 countries. Additionally, Willis chairs the board of EUSA LLP, a London-based non-profit provider of academic internship programs.
Willis is also a Deputy General Counsel in BU’s Office of the General Counsel. Since joining Boston University in 1998, Willis’s legal practice has focused on international, corporate, technology transfer, investment, research, environmental matters, and general business matters. In this role, he has advised on multiple international projects, research compliance matters, endowment investments in over 70 funds, the formation of more than 60 start-up companies, and the creation of a venture capital fund and incubator at Boston University.
Prior to joining the University, Willis was the Assistant General Counsel at Molten Metal Technology, Inc. (MMT), a MIT spin-off technology company that raised over US$300 million in private and public offerings, and reached a market capitalization of US$1 billion. He also was an enforcement lawyer for the U.S. EPA in Boston and Washington, D.C. Willis has a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
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