Gillings School Alumnus to Serve as Taiwan’s EPA Director

May 25, 2016

Ting-Yuan Lee. Photo courtesy of Minizest/Wikimedia.

Ying-Yuan Lee ’88 Ph.D., alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan.

Lee previously held a number of government positions in the Republic of China, including member of the National Parliament, minister of the Council of Labor Affairs, secretary-general of the executive branch and secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party.

He yielded a senate seat in the government to serve in the challenging role of EPA minister at a historic time in Taiwan’s democracy.

On May 20, Taiwan inaugurated Ing-wen Tsai as Taiwan’s first woman president. Under her administration, the EPA is being expanded to a department-level ministry and will include oversight of natural resources. Tsai’s newly elected vice president, Chien-Jen Chen, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is also a public health practitioner.

Lee earned a doctorate in health economics from the Gillings’ Department of Health Policy and Management in 1988. His wife, Yueh-Guey Huang, also a Gillings graduate, earned a Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and management in 1987.