San Jose State University announced April 20 that Paul Yu, president of the State University of New York College at Brockport, was named the president of San José State University by the CSU Board of Trustees. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member of San José State University, an institution with a great past and, in view of its enormous potential, an even greater future," Yu said. "The general direction for the university is clear: SJSU must continue to honor its mission as a public university by supporting quality and access. But within that broad scope there are many choices to be made regarding the university's goals and strategies. This is why SJSU should plan carefully for the future. I have had long and broad experience in leading public institutions, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities at SJSU. "
Yu became president of SUNY Brockport in 1997 after extended experiences both as a faculty member and as an academic administrator. He was a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Central Michigan University for twenty years before becoming the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, where he later served as Academic Vice President and Provost. During his four years at SUNY Brockport he has led a very successful strategic planning process for the College and has also made significant contributions to the State University of New York System. Yu holds a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy, all from the University of Michigan.
Yu's areas of scholarly interest are philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. He has published a number of papers and made many professional presentations. He also has been active professionally in other ways, including serving as external evaluator for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Taiwan University, and National Science Council of the Republic of China. In 1980-81, he was invited to be a Fulbright lecturer at the National Taiwan University.
Yu has also been active in other professional and civic capacities, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He served on the Michigan Council for the Humanities from 1988 to 1989. He has been a member of Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) since 1998. And in 1990, under the Visiting Scholars Exchange Program (VSEP), sponsored by the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, he was visiting scholar to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China.