Derrick Pang ’93 is a loyal CA supporter in so many ways. In addition to his generous gifts to CA’s Annual Fund, he and his family have donated to the Residential Life endowment, directed toward the faculty, and given unrestricted support to the Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy. Pang proudly supports the school because, he says, “I gained so much from CA, and I love to give back, to be able to continue to improve the lives and experiences of the students, faculty, and all the members of this community.”
Pang, the third child in what he describes as a traditional Chinese family, came to Concord in 1989. Prior to that, he remembers having difficulty distinguishing his own voice from the voices of his father and older siblings. However, over the course of his four years at
CA, Pang found it. He explains, “I learned about my own strengths and weaknesses; we all learned about ourselves, and how to be ourselves, and came to understand the value in our differences.”
Academically, Pang excelled in math and science, but at CA he also discovered a joy in creating art. “I still remember Jonathan Smith coming to me in Painting I,” he says, “and looking at my painting — which I thought looked like stick figures compared to the work of my peers — and he said, in a very sincere way, ‘That’s a great painting; let’s work on it.’ It was this side of myself, the other side, that I didn’t know until I came to CA.”
After graduating in 1993, Pang earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in engineering from MIT. He currently resides in Hong Kong, where he is the chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited, a property development and construction company.
A former member of CA’s Board of Trustees, Pang has visited campus regularly. “I love coming back,” he says. “I have spent a lot of time in the U.S. I went to high school here, college here, got my master’s here, and I often work here, but the one place I have in my mind and my heart is CA. What really makes me smile is the people: So many of the same faculty members are still teaching, and that speaks volumes about the school. It’s really the people who make the CA experience unique.”
Pang says he is especially grateful for one particular insight he gained at CA. “It is easy to get lost in the world today,” he says. “It is important to take a step back and understand other people’s realities, and that we’re all different.”