Aimin Chen holds a Ph.D. in economics from Pennsylvania State University (1990). She was a tenured professor at Indiana State University (ISU) and was Awarded “Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences” at ISU in 2005.
Dr. Chen was former president of the Chinese Economist Society (CES) and executive vice president Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the US (ACPSS). Her teaching and research interests are applied economic theories, industrial organization, China’s economic and education reforms, and urbanization. She has published as solo author or first co-author more than 60 articles in English and Chinese academic journals and books, including journals such as World Development, Modern China, China Economic Review, Urban Studies, Ecological Economics, the Social Science Journal, Journal of Socio-Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, etc., and has authored/coauthored and edited/co-edited more than 10 books. She was the first Series Editor of The Chinese Economy Series published by Ashgate Publishing Limited, served on editorial boards for academic journals, and refereed for many academic journals.
Professor Chen returned to China in 2005 and has served as professor and vice president of Sichuan University, president of Sichuan University Jinjiang College, and, currently, president of Xi’an International University, among other duties.
Dr. Chen has been the first one in China to become university president through open global search. She devotes herself to the cause of reform and development of China’s higher education institutions, especially of private colleges that have been relatively new and must competent with public universities that are more established and have many advantages. An economist of numerous publications, she has shifted her interest and priority to the research of higher education administration, just so to make herself a more effective and visionary university president. She has published in China’s top academic journals on issues of higher education management and is near the finishing state of her newest academic manuscript titled Administration of Higher Education Institutions in the US. She also plans to introduce the governance of Chinese universities to the world, and wishes to contribute to internationalization of campuses in all ways that can better serve students and societies across the world.