Rosemead, California April 3, 2013

University of the West’s Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Chin Shun Wu will leave his post as President following the conclusion of the UWest   graduation ceremonies on May 18, 2013.  The Board has named Dr. Bill Y. Chen as the University’s Acting President to serve in that capacity until a longer-term interim Acting President is named and a nation-wide search for a new President is launched.

In making the announcement, the Venerable Hsin Ting, Vice Chairman of the UWest Board, issued the following statement:

“We appreciate Dr. Wu’s leadership over the past several years as we’ve watched our student body expand, our course offerings increase and our reaccreditation efforts succeed at a high level. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

UWest Board member Roger Frank, Chairman of the Search Committee for Dr. Wu’s successor, noted further: “We’re very excited about the next phase of UWest’s growth.  We see some great opportunities for the University and are very pleased with the possibilities for leadership based on our initial search. We hope to complete the process shortly.”

The mission of University of the West is to provide a whole person education in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values and to facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation between the East and the West.

University of the West is a private, nonprofit, non-sectarian, co-educational institute offering undergraduate, certificate and continuing education programs, It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

A highly qualified faculty and a supportive and physically attractive learning environment are provided so that students can master a body of knowledge, acquire analytical and problem-solving and learning skills, cultivate moral and cultural discernment and develop personal and social responsibility.


Press Contact: Roger Frank, Chair of the Search Committee for UWest President


Campus Contact:  Vanessa Karam, Accreditation Liaison Officer