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New dean helms College of Liberal Arts

Paul Wong

Paul Wong, an accomplished scholar with a proven track record of enhancing funded research and donor support, is the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Previously dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, he was also director of International Partnerships at SDSU, a professor of sociology, and oversaw the Social Science Research Laboratory and the Charles Hostler Institute for World Affairs.

Under Dr. Wong’s leadership, SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters raised almost $50 million for endowed professorships, scholarships, lectureships, and the naming of physical facilities. The college also had active international programs in more than 20 countries through exchanges, research projects, and degree offerings.

Wong, who began as dean in July, received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held academic appointments at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Arizona State University, and Washington State University and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

“The College of Liberal Arts and the University are getting a superb administrator,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Dr. Paul Wong will take our liberal arts education to the next level of excellence in national and international engagement for undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduates.”

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