|Queens College Students Deliver Multilingual Welcome to Incoming President Frank H. Wu in Video; Film Features His Message of Hope and Support|
-- College’s Eleventh President, Who Takes Office July 1, is Well-Known for Breaking Barriers and Creating Opportunities for Student Success --
Queens, New York, June 24, 2020 — Queens College has released a new video (CLICK HERE) to mark the start of incoming president Frank H. Wu’s tenure at the college on July 1. The video features students greeting Wu with a phrase similar to “Welcome to Queens College!" in 17 languages. Wu, in turn, acknowledges the challenges faced by the college, borough, and city during the COVID-19 pandemic, and pledges his support going forward.
Queens College is located in the world’s most diverse borough. In total, 83 languages are represented on campus by a student body that identifies with nearly 140 ancestries. The languages represented in the video are American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bukharian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Fanti, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
In the video, Wu tells the campus community, “I know that I will be serving as president during a very difficult time in the history of our college community, city, state, and nation. The pandemic has forced Queens College to shift to remote learning, created many financial difficulties, and left us concerned about the future. It has also caused such profound heartache, with valued members of the Queens College community succumbing to this terrible disease.” He adds, “Difficult times often bring out the best in people. I am enormously impressed with the resiliency and strength of Queens College and the CUNY community.”
The American-born son of Chinese immigrants, Wu calls leading Queens College, “a dream job…,” saying, “In fact, because you were my only choice, this was the only search I was in.”
Wu also thanks Interim President William Tramontano, who began leading the college in June 2019 after his predecessor, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, was appointed chancellor of CUNY.
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 on March 30, 2020. He received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD with honors from the University of Michigan. He completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the release announcing his appointment here.
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 is well-known for 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 on the board of 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 those leadership roles.
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