Ying Liu (刘颖) joined the Confucius Institute as Assistant Director in the fall of 2013. She assists the Director in the day-to-day administration of the institute, and carries responsibilities in planning, implementing, and coordinating educational, cultural, research and community engagement programs. Prior to joining the institute, Ying worked as a research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for six years. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University (2007), an M.ED. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida (2003), and a B.A. in Business English from the University of International Business and Economics (2001) in Beijing, China.