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Dean Wu Selected a Recipient of the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards

January 15, 2008

Dean WuDETROIT (Jan. 14, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu was recently selected by the Asian Pacific Fund as a recipient of the second annual Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards. As a recipient, he will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000.

The awards program honors the legacy of Chang-Lin Tien, the first Asian American to head a major American research university. It was created by the Asian Pacific Fund recognizing that Asian American leaders offer valuable skills and important insights to higher education that boost global competitiveness, especially as college campuses grow more diverse. The Tien Awards program recognizes the accomplishments of rising Asian American leaders in higher education to support their professional development and advancement.

"Under [Dean Wu's] leadership, Wayne State Law School has transformed itself in a few short years. It is a diverse institution which embodies a spirit of social justice, scholarship and inclusion which mirrors the ideals exhibited by its dean," said Richard Bernstein, a member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

This year, the Tien Awards program expanded to a national scale, and the number of candidates more than doubled. The leaders of private and public academic institutions throughout the U.S. were invited to submit nominations, and a committee of higher education leaders reviewed nominations and made recommendations to the Asian Pacific Fund Board for final selection.

In addition to Dean Wu, Dr. Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering, was also a recipient of the award.

Dean Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and coauthor of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, has served as the ninth dean of the Law School since 2004. He also serves as a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing.

His professional experiences in academia include serving on the law faculty of Howard University, as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, as a teaching fellow at Stanford University, and as a scholar in residence at Deep Springs College.

Prior to his academic career, Dean Wu held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. In addition, he served briefly by appointment of the D.C. Court of Appeals on its Board of Professional Responsibility, was appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams as Chair of the D.C. Human Rights Commission for 2001-02, and joined the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund in 2004. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Committee of 100.

Since becoming Dean, he has received numerous other awards and honors. They include the 2007 NAPABA Trailblazer Award; the Arthur A. Fletcher Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action; a Special Recognition Award from the Wolverine Bar Association; the Walton A. Lewis Brotherhood Award from Bethel A.M.E. Church, and the Janet A. Helms Mentoring Award from Columbia University Teachers College.

The Asian Pacific Fund is a community foundation established to improve the health and well-being of all Asian Americans in the Bay Area. By providing services and awarding grants to more than 90 Asian organizations, the Fund supports a broad range of local groups that help a diversity of Asian Americans. The Fund is the only organization in the Bay Area focused exclusively on working closely with Asian donors, raising funds for community agencies and public education projects, and ensuring that contributions have a lasting impact.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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