Frank H. Wu
Chairman, Committee of 100
Distinguished Professor, University of California Hastings College of Law
Frank H. Wu was elected in April 2016 as Chair of the Committee of 100. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law, the highest rank accorded a faculty member. He previously served as Chancellor & Dean at the school, receiving unanimous renewal to a second term after having been voted the most influential dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine.
Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation's leading historically black college/university, for a decade. He served as Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit, and he has been a visiting professor at George Washington University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan; an adjunct professor at Columbia University; and a Thomas C. Grey Teaching Fellow at Stanford University. He taught at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in its inaugural year.
He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition, and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, which received the single greatest grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. He blogs regularly for Huffington Post, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times.
He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. He was appointed by the federal Department of Education to its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the administration on higher education accreditation, and by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which submitted to Congress the report From Representation to Inclusion. He was a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing persons from 2000 to 2010, and Vice-Chair of the Board for the final four years of his tenure; he participated in the presidential selection process. He served on the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund from 2004 to 2010.
Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco - while there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients. He received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Professor Wu was born in the United States in 1967, to immigrants from Taiwan. He is married to Carol L. Izumi. They live in San Francisco.