Baruch President S. David Wu Named Among “50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business”
September 23, 2021
Baruch College President S. David Wu, PhD, has been named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian American Business Development Center, an organization that promotes greater recognition of Asian Americans business’ contributions to the general economy.
Dr. Wu was honored at the organization’s annual gala event on September 15 –– the only event of its kind to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Asian American executives and entrepreneurs across a wide spectrum of industries –– alongside his fellow awardees, who this year include: Elizabeth Varghese, Global Leader – Talent and HR Transformation Strategy at IBM; Jim Lee, Senior Vice President at PepsiCo, and Anu Aiyengar, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan.
The award aims to recognize “a microcosm of the best of Asian American entrepreneurs, professionals and corporate executives who are engaged in a wide range of business interests, and all of whom have a role in driving the U.S. economy.”
This year, Dr. Wu was the only awardee representing the education sector among the other honorees who included executives from AIG, Bank of America, Citi, Coca Cola, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Ralph Lauren Corp., Target and other leading global and national companies and organizations.
The keynote speaker was Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business, the first woman to hold this position and the first woman of color to be CEO in AT&T’s history. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who was a prominent candidate in the 2020 presidential primaries and in the 2021 New York City mayoral race, also spoke at the event, which drew more than 600 attendees.
A Leader in Higher Education
This national recognition of Dr. Wu’s contributions and achievements comes on the heels of multiple honors and recognitions he’s received for his work leading Baruch College since he assumed his role in July of 2020.
He was named to City & State’s “Power of Diversity: Asian 100” list for the second year in a row. City & State, New York’s premier media company covering politics, also named Dr. Wu to its annual “Higher Education Power 100” list, in addition to being recognized by CollegeCliffs as a “Top 50 U.S. College and University President” in 2020.
Dr. Wu’s track record for bold, visionary academic leadership and industry expertise has allowed him to lead Baruch to be at the forefront of higher education, forging new strategic partnerships, and pioneering ways to produce the talents needed for today’s innovation economy.
About the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award
Established in 2001, the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award dinner is the only such event of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of Asian American corporate executives and entrepreneurs across a wide spectrum of industries and their contributions to the U.S. economy.