Prof. Le’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilāoa Asofou So’o commenced as Vice-Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (NUS) on April 6th 2009, becoming the fourth person to hold this position. This appointment follows many years of service at NUS.
In 1989, he graduated with a Master of Arts with Honours from Waikato University and in 1997, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University.
Pro. So'o is a former Director of the Institute of Samoan Studies from 2001 to 2008, which is now known as the Centre for Samoan Studies. Following the merger of the Samoan Polytechnic and NUS in 2006, he was appointed as Deputy Vice- Chancellor until 2009. He is an eminent advocate of upgrading academic qualifications for NUS staff since becoming Vice-Chancellor.
Professor So’o hails from the village of Savaia Lefaga where he holds the high chief title ‘Le’apai’. He also has the titles Fui and Lau.