Belle Y.W. Wei named dean of the College of Engineering, UC San Jose

Belle W.Y. Wei was named dean of the Coillege of Engineering, University of California, San Jose in May. She becomes one of the eighteen female deans of 345 engineering schools and perhaps the only Asian-American female in the United States. Provost Marshall Goodman said Wei's appointment is testament to her work as chairwoman of the electrical engineering department, where she has raised millions of dollars to attract and retain faculty members, expand the curriculum and offer scholarships. In the past six years female deans were appointed at Purdue, Duke, Michigan State, Johns Hopkins and University of Washington. Wei, 48, has served as interim dean since August of 2002, succeeding Don Kirk, who retired. Her salary will be $156,000 a year.

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