Baruch College President S. David Wu Named to City & State’s “Higher Education Power 100” List
March 28, 2022
For the second consecutive year, Baruch College President S. David Wu, PhD, has been named to City & State’s “Higher Education Power 100” list which recognizes New York’s most influential leaders in higher education.
President Wu ranks #27 on the selective list, which appears in the March 28 special edition of City & State magazine.
In its profile of President Wu, City & State stated, “Since becoming Baruch College’s first Asian American president in 2020, S. David Wu has led the CUNY school through the Covid-19 pandemic while pursuing a vision of academic excellence and increased opportunities for economic mobility. Wu is the former provost and executive vice president of George Mason University, where he focused on eliminating academic disparities, and he has set similar goals at Baruch’s Manhattan campus.”
“It is an honor to be acknowledged by City & State along with so many of my esteemed colleagues in higher education,” said President Wu.
“Baruch is an institution that delivers academic quality to a tremendously diverse and talented student population, and the College is uniquely positioned to lead meaningful change toward a society that values opportunity for all.”
Since President Wu began his tenure as Baruch’s president, he has been named to City & State’s “Power of Diversity: Asian 100” list for the last two years, and selected as one of the “50 Top U.S. College and University Presidents,” by College Cliffs, which compiled a list of the “country’s well-renowned college and university presidents.”
Last year, the Asian American Business Development Center named President Wu as one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business—the only awardee representing the education sector among the other honorees who were C-suite and senior executives from Fortune 500 companies and global brands.
Recognized as an innovator and visionary leader, President Wu was asked by New York City’s preeminent nonpartisan think tank, The Center for an Urban Future, to contribute his actionable ideas to its major report: 250 Ideas from New Yorkers to Revive NYC’s Economy, Spark Good Jobs, and Build a More Equitable City (July, 2021). He was then invited to present his idea—”Pair CUNY’s talented, diverse, and tech-savvy students with local small businesses that need help to thrive”—at the public policy organization’s symposium held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library this past September.
Before coming to Baruch, President Wu served as provost and executive vice president of George Mason University, where he led the largest public university in Virginia to achieve Carnegie research-one (R1) status. Previously, he was Dean and Iacocca Professor at Lehigh University’s Rossin College of Engineering and has been a long serving board member of Dartmouth College’s engineering school, and a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
President Wu holds MS and PhD degrees from Pennsylvania State University. An accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research, he has published extensively in areas such as game theory, optimization, and econometrics.
Connect with President Wu
President Wu maintains a monthly blog where he shares “ideas and perspectives that impact the campus community, higher education, and society at large.”
Learn more about President Wu’s leadership here.
About City & State
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The 2022 “Higher Education Power 100” list was developed by City & State’s editorial department through a combination of research and interviews with experts.
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