Penn State alumnus to lead Bhutan

March 25, 2008

Bhutan, the world's newest democracy, will be led by Penn State alumnus Jigmi Y. Thinley, who received a master's degree in public administration in 1976. He is expected to become prime minister because he is leader of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) or Bhutan United Party, which captured the majority of seats in this week's election. Thinley is a two-time former premier under the previous royal governments, but this government will be the first under a constitutional monarchy. Bhutan is located in the Himalayas bordered by India and Tibet.

A Penn State Alumni Fellow, he is one of the architects of the nation’s efforts to measure its growth and prosperity in terms of happiness, according to Agence France Presse. He came to Penn State in 1974 and studied with Robert LaPorte, professor of public administration and political science, graduating in 1976 and returning to Bhutan to serve in the Ministry of Development.


  • Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley

    IMAGE: Penn State
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