President (1999-2001)

"Thank you, Janice!" read the front page tribute article of the October 2001 smuhub newsletter. It went on to describe some of Professor Janice Bellace’s contributions as consultant and then founding president of SMU. The article noted that when Janice arrived as president, “…there was only a handful of faculty and staff, no students, no campus, no programmes, and even office space had to be ‘borrowed’ from the chairman of the board of trustees.” Professor Bellace obviously viewed these constraints as challenges to be overcome. With a firm commitment from the Singapore Government, Professor Bellace oversaw planning, faculty hiring, and student recruitment for the new university. It opened with the launch of the business school in August 2000, followed by the launch of the accountancy school in August 2001.

After stepping down as president of SMU, Professor Bellace chaired the Wharton-SMU Research Centre and served as vice-chair of academic affairs on the SMU Board of Trustees.

Janice Bellace is currently the Samuel Blank Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1977 and has held senior executive and leadership positions; including associate provost (2004–2006) and deputy provost (2006–2007). Educated in law, her research interests are in the field of labour and employment law, particularly international labour law.

Professor Bellace holds positions on labour-related committees, and advisory board positions in global institutions and agencies. She is a member of the International Labour Organisation’s Committee of Experts, and serves on the executive boards of the International Industrial Relations Association and the US branch of the International Society for Labour Law and Social Security. Professor Bellace is a member of the Public Review Board of the United Auto Workers and senior editor of Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal.

Professor Bellace received her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She holds a master of science degree from the London School of Economics, UK.
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