S. David Wu Named First Asian American President in CUNY System


The City University of New York (CUNY) on Monday named Dr. S. David Wu the president of its Baruch College. Wu, who will assume office on July 1, will be the first Asian American leader of a CUNY college.


A scholar in systems engineering and operations research, Wu is currently the provost and executive vice president of George Mason University.

Following the appointment, Wu discussed his immigrant roots.

Dr. S. David Wu


“As an immigrant, this speaks to me personally, and I am excited to play a part in shaping the next chapter of Baruch’s legacy,” Wu said to George Mason University’s newsletter, The George. He further told Diverse that he owes a debt to public higher education in the U.S. as “it has provided me with a kind of perspective and insight needed to succeed.”

Dr. Felix Matos Rodríguez, CUNY’s chancellor, also noted that Wu will be the first Asian American leader of a CUNY college. He said the institution is proud of “the historical significance of his appointment.”


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