Provost Wu's Donation from Key Award Strengthens Student Scholarship Fund

Michele McDonald

When George Mason University provost David Wu receives the prestigious Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award from the Asian Pacific Fund on Saturday, George Mason students will be the ones receiving the biggest benefit.

“In the spirit of this award, and in support of Mason’s goals in achieving inclusive excellence, I am donating the grant that accompanies this award toward a scholarship fund at Mason,” Wu said. “My hope is to encourage students to embrace the vision of success exemplified by Dr. Tien and previous award recipients.”

Wu’s $10,000 donation to Mason’s student scholarship fund is the first made by a faculty member since the public launch of Faster Farther, the university’s comprehensive $500 million campaign. 

“Student success is one of the pillars of the Faster Farther campaign, and no one is more committed to our students than our faculty,” said Janet Bingham, vice president of University Advancement and Alumni Relations and president of the George Mason University Foundation. “We celebrate Provost Wu for winning this memorable award, and we thank him for leading by example as our chief academic officer.”

The Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award is named after the first Asian American leader of a major U.S. research university. Tien was named chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. His family partnered with the Asian Pacific Fund in 2006 to establish the award to recognize rising Asian American leaders in higher education and encourage more Asian Americans to aspire to the leadership that he exemplified.

“I am truly honored to receive this award in recognition of significant academic accomplishments and leadership,” said Wu, who became Mason’s provost last year and is the former dean of P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. “I am humbled to join past recipients such as chancellor Phyllis M. Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President Subra Suresh of Carnegie Mellon.”

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October 16, 2015