Adelphi taps Asian affairs expert as liberal arts leader

New boss: Vincent Wang will take over Adelphi's Science Building, and the rest of the Garden City-based university's College of Arts and Sciences, on July 1.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Adelphi University has recruited an Ithaca College innovator to lead its ambitious liberal arts programs.

Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, currently dean of Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences, will come to Adelphi as dean of the Garden City-based university’s College of Arts and Sciences. The veteran professor and administrator – whose multinational education includes a PhD from the University of Chicago (political science), a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (international relations) and an undergraduate degree from National Taiwan University – is scheduled to take the reins July 1.

Wang spent only three years at Ithaca College, becoming dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences in January 2016 after serving four years as associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Virginia’s University of Richmond. All told, he spent 20 years on the University of Richmond faculty, focused on political, technological and industrial policies and development in China and Taiwan.

He’s credited with several innovations in his relatively short time at Ithaca College, including the creation of a “match” program that paired faculty and student researchers and efforts to fund student and faculty travel to out-of-town conferences.

Vincent Wang: Asian affairs expert.

He also “streamlined the application process and incentivized external grant-seeking and other professional pursuits,” Adelphi University said – a résumé that makes him the ideal candidate to lead Adelphi’s liberal arts school, according to Provost and Executive Vice President Steve Everett, who noted the new dean’s “sense of positive energy and thoughtful demeanor.”

“Dr. Wang will be an excellent addition to our university … based upon his history of success in developing and growing programs that support students and faculty (and) his innovative approach to education,” Everett said Tuesday. “He has a strong reputation for advancing and supporting diversity among faculty and a demonstrated commitment to research at both the student and faculty levels.”

A widely published author and presenter, Wang boasts more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 170-plus opinion pieces published in the New York Times, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal and other prominent periodicals.

He’s held numerous nonprofit and civic leadership positions, including terms as president of the International Studies Association-South and the American Association for Chinese Studies and another as commissioner of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Wang currently serves on the editorial boards of Asia Policy, a periodical published by the National Bureau of Asian Research, and an international quarterly newsletter focused on East Asian affairs published by the Institute of International Relations.

He’s “honored” to add Adelphi University to his long list of academic institutions and professional challenges, the new dean said Tuesday, noting both Adelphi and its College of Arts and Sciences are “committed to student success.”

“[Adelphi’s] proximity to a world-class metropolis offers unsurpassed opportunities,” Wang added. “It’s exciting to join this vibrant community known for engaged scholarship and inspired teaching … and contribute to its ascent as a globally renowned academic institution.”