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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Frank Wu Named Chancellor and Dean at UC-Hastings

The Board of Directors of UC-Hastings College of the Law today named Frank H. Wu (Howard) Chancellor and Dean (from among five finalists).  From the UC-Hastings press release:

Wu Frank H. Wu [is] the former dean at Wayne State University Law School, where he was the nation's youngest law school Dean. The selection of Wu, who is closely connected to high-level legal, business and political leadership in the Asian and Asian-American world, is viewed as a dramatic and bold step to bring an entirely new level of leadership to Hastings. ...

Chancellor and Dean-designate Wu provided a compelling vision for UC Hastings, including a concrete three-point plan to build on the school's historical strength in scholarship and education. ... Wu emphasized that higher education must prepare students for their careers by giving them the skills needed to succeed; that the lawyers and the leaders of today and the future must be ready to work within a global economy with a Pacific Rim emphasis; and students must be able to blend their technical abilities in analyzing doctrine with the strengths of other disciplines.

Wu called special attention to the need to increase private support to ensure talented students continue to have meaningful access to a quality legal education, and toward that end he intends to begin the first-ever capital campaign for UC Hastings. He is forming a transition team to advise him, ensuring all stakeholders are able to participate in implementing these ideas. ...

Izumi He is married to Carol L. Izumi [(George Washington)], a distinguished legal scholar and law professor. ...

Chancellor and Dean-designate Wu will assume his new position on July 1, 2010, and will have a salary of $350,000. He has already announced his intention to demonstrate his commitment to UC Hastings by donating $25,000 of his salary every year to the College for scholarships and academic support. He hopes that his example will encourage greater philanthropy among Hastings' alumni community.

Since the departure of former Chancellor and Dean Nell Newton in the summer 2009, UC Hastings [Tax] Professor Leo Martinez has served as Acting Chancellor and Dean. "During the interim period, Leo Martinez has been providing Hastings with inspired leadership -- applying his trademark cool, level-headed and thoughtful judgment, but also jumping with enthusiasm to grapple with every imaginable challenge in running UC Hastings. We are hugely fortunate in having Professor Martinez at the helm at this critical time," said Don Bradley, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

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