On July 8, the University of Washington Board of Regents named Phyllis Wise the interim UW president, making her the first female and Asian American to hold the title. Despite the large percentage of Asian Americans enrolled in college, their numbers are drastically scarce in university upper management. According to statistics from the American Council on Education, Asian Americans make up less than 1 percent of college presidents (comparatively, 5.9 percent of presidents are black and 4.6 percent are Latino). Consequently, Wise’s appointment comes as a welcome addition and change.
Last modified: July 19, 2010