Anne Ofstedal Friend and Colleague Anne Ofstedal, our dear colleague and friend, died on August 9 of a brain aneurysm. As the United Board’s Director of Fellowship & Scholarship Programs, Anne’s work was at the heart of our mission. Through her leadership of the United Board Fellows Program and Faculty Scholarship Program, her contributions to current initiatives and her personal connection to hundreds of people within our community, she made our goal of strengthening Christian presence in higher education more tangible and lasting. Her loss is felt by our trustees, staff, partners, program participants, alumni and other friends. Anne first joined the United Board in April 1993 as the China program coordinator. A young woman, her experience in Asia was already deep. She developed her interest in China during undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa and graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. She lived in China from 1986 to 1990, working first as an English teacher at Chinese universities and then as a coordinator for a U.S. educational tour operator. Those experiences opened the world to Anne, and helping Asians and Americans engage with people outside their home communities became a hallmark of her career. She developed sound managerial skills that removed obstacles and smoothed the path of program planning and implementation, which she put to excellent use during her tenure at the United Board (1993-2005 and 2007-2012) and at the Yale-China Association (2005-2007). Anne brought both a deep commitment and a light touch to her work. She wanted to understand the context in which our programs took place or new opportunities might emerge, so she was a frequent traveler to campuses throughout Asia. She preferred face-to-face communication whenever possible, and her quiet intelligence, warm demeanor and collegial approach drew out the insights, concerns and suggestions of our partners. Our programs became and will remain stronger because of this. We mourn the loss of our colleague but are confident that we will encounter the fruit of her efforts for years to come. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to Anne’s husband, children and extended family. . For information on interim arrangements for the United Board Fellows Program, Faculty Scholarship Program and Local Knowledge Initiative, please click here.