USJC Board of Directors

Professor William Tsutsui

Ottawa University

Dr. Tsutsui is an award-winning historian and long-time advocate for diversity and inclusion in higher education. He served as President of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas from 2010 to 2019, having previously been Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and teaching for 17 years at the University of Kansas. He was most recently Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and is currently Chancellor of Ottawa University, a private comprehensive institution with residential campuses in Kansas and Arizona. Dr. Tsutsui is a specialist in modern Japanese business, economic and cultural history, and is the author or editor of eight books including Banking Policy in Japan (1988); Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998); and Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004). He currently serves on the boards of the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, and was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission in 2020. Dr. Tsutsui received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Princeton University and earned a Master of Letters in modern Japanese history from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies in 1985.