As the NUS Deputy President of Administration, Joseph Mullinix works on university initiatives including strategic review, risk management and corporatisation. He shares his experiences working in NUS and his views on giving back to the University.
“My journey to NUS began in 2005 when I was contacted regarding a position with NUS. I was impressed with the amazing achievements of Singapore and thought that Asian higher education offered incredible potential for growth. The opportunity to be a part of NUS and to work to make a contribution to its future success was the catalyst for my interest in the position.
While I have witnessed the amazing transformations of NUS facilities, such as the opening of the renovated Bukit Timah Campus, the moments that mean the most to me are the opportunities to witness the personal accomplishments of our students − in and out of the classroom − as well as that of the staff.
The talent and spirit witnessed at student dance performances at UCC and Yong Siew Toh concerts, the drive and teamwork shown at inter-faculty athletic contests or varsity dragon boat races, the pride that is so obvious at the many student award ceremonies, the ingenuity and enthusiasm at Rag-and-Flag day − these are the special rewards of my job that I did not experience in consulting, government service and investment banking.
While I owe an enormous debt to my alma mater, Georgetown University, as it provided me with a fine education and lifelong friends, I spend my days totally engrossed by NUS. I see every day the differences that we can make for our students, the service that we can offer to Singapore and society and the many opportunities to make a difference.
For me, I do not have enough resources to transform NUS, but I do have enough to make a difference for one person at one time − and that need not be much. Collectively, of course, we can make an even bigger difference for many people and be transformative.
All NUS staff have witnessed the amazing achievements of NUS for individual students and society. We have opportunities to provide support for the specific activities that excite us the most − financial aid for students who need help to continue their studies, support for student athletic or cultural endeavors, or contributions to support research initiatives.
What better way to add impact to our day-to-day efforts at the University than to provide resources to support the programmes that we hold most dear!”
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