QUEENS, NY, Monday, March 30—Frank H. Wu, William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law, was unanimously appointed the eleventh president of Queens College by The City University of New York’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Wu—who holds a BA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from University of Michigan Law School and completed two seminars at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education—will succeed Interim President William Tramontano, who began leading the college in June 2019 after his predecessor, Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, was appointed chancellor of CUNY.
The first Asian American to serve as Queens College president—and the first Asian American to serve as a president of a CUNY college in Queens County—Wu has made a career of breaking barriers and creating opportunities for student success. He was the first Asian American on the faculty of the law school at historically black Howard University, and spent two years directing its law school clinic. He spent a decade serving Gallaudet University, which offers higher education to deaf and hearing-impaired students. Prior to joining UC Hastings as chancellor and dean, an office he held for five years, he was the dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit; he was the first Asian American in both those leadership roles.
Widely published in professional journals as well as popular outlets, Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America beyond Black and White, and a co-author of Race, Rights & Reparations: Law and the Japanese American Internment. Born to Chinese immigrants who settled in Detroit, Wu is a member, and former chair and former president, of the Committee of 100, a by-invitation nonprofit group of extraordinary Chinese Americans dedicated to promoting positive U.S.-China relations and the civic participation of Chinese Americans. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Asian Pacific Fund Chang-Lin Tien Award, given for leadership in higher education. He recently received the John Hope Franklin Award for his commitment to diversity.
CUNY Chancellor Félix V.
Matos Rodríguez in his comments at the
Board meeting said that President-designate Wu, whom he
described as a dynamic educator and leader, “will do a great job. I commend the
Board for making history by naming the first Asian American president in the
history of Queens College. Frank Wu is a trailblazer in legal education who has
broken barriers for Asian Americans.”
“Queens College is indeed fortunate that Professor Wu has accepted the position of president and will lead the way forward in these very difficult times, said Queens College Interim President Tramontano. “I am happy to extend him a warm virtual welcome to campus, and pledge my full support and cooperation during the transition period as he prepares to assume his new responsibilities at this wonderful institution.”
“I am honored to be coming to Queens College, a campus that represents education as the engine of the American dream for individuals and families now more than ever,” said President-designate Wu. “I am here because my parents were immigrants who came as students. That opportunity must continue to be offered and expanded. I am greatly inspired by what I am already learning about the talents, stamina and energies of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college. I look forward to working with the entire Queens College community at a time when it will be vital to be resilient—to come together and work together to meet the challenges ahead.”
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