It is my pleasure to announce that Rev. Ben Chan, IM area director for China and E. Asia, “passed with honors” the oral review of his doctoral dissertation before a review panel of the Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA. Ben's D. Min. dissertation entitled “Leadership Transformation in North East India” is based on his extensive research into the particular leadership challenges faced by the churches in the context of North East India. Ben’s proposed approach to these issues has been developed in the course of much interaction with leaders of the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India (CBCNEI).