SMU President-Elect Ching-Hua Wang
Dr. Ching-Hua Wang became the second president of Samuel Merritt University on Nov. 26, 2018. She succeeded Sharon Diaz, who led the University for 36 years.
A nationwide search by members of the University's Board of Regents considered many highly-qualified candidates for the position. They concluded that Dr. Wang’s extensive experience and commitment to student success made her an excellent choice to lead SMU into the future.
Dr. Wang previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Sacramento. As the chief academic officer at Sacramento State, she improved graduation rates and reduced achievement gaps.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Wang has demonstrated impressive leadership and a passion for education. Before joining Sacramento State, she served as dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Dominican University of California, where she was also a professor of immunology and microbiology. She also initiated and developed several academic programs, including Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies and Internationally Educated Nurses programs.
Previously, Dr. Wang was one of the original 13 faculty members recruited to start California State University Channel Islands. There she served as director for the Bridges Stem Cell Research Training Program, chair of several health science programs, and director of the Master of Science in Biotech and Bioinformatics program as well as special assistant to the provost.
Dr. Wang’s journey to academic leadership is compelling. A native of Beijing, she was sent to a small village in Inner Mongolia as a teenager to get ‘re-educated’ during the turbulent period of China’s Cultural Revolution. Separated from her family, she worked in the fields and served as an elementary teacher at a one-room schoolhouse where her students came from impoverished families. She has said that those years of hardship taught her about resilience and the value of education.
Ching-Hua Wang received her medical degree from Beijing Medical College, an MS in Immunology from Beijing University, and a PhD in Immunology from Cornell University. Currently, she serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University (CSU), Sacramento, which has over 31,000 students and 1,700 faculty. From 2012 to January 2017, she served as Dean of School of Health and Natural Sciences at Dominican University of California. She was instrumental in leading the efforts in developing and implementing several key new academic programs, including the MS in Physician Assistant Studies and the Internationally Educated Nurses programs. From 2001 to 2012, she worked at CSU Channel Islands as a founding faculty member, chair, director, and at the provost’s office. From 1990 to 2001, she was an assistant professor and later an associate professor and professor at CSU, San Bernardino.
Dr. Wang has led collective efforts in development and implementation of a total of 16 new academic programs and effectively managed human, fiscal, and physical resources for a total of 21 academic programs from 2001 to 2017. She has been tenured at all the above universities. She is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has obtained over $11.3 million in funds from private sources and corporations and $15 million in grants. She served on national and regional boards and has received many awards from CSU as well as regional and national organizations.
Curriculum Vitae – Ching-Hua Wang
Ph.D., Immunology, Cornell University, 1986
M.S., Immunology, Beijing (Peking) University, Health Science Center (Formerly Beijing Medical University), 1981
M.D., Medicine, Capital Medical University (Formerly Beijing Medical College), 1978
Administrative Experiences and Responsibilities
2017-2018 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs California State University, Sacramento (Sac State)
2012-2017 Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, Dominican University of California
2009-2012 Special Assistant to the Provost, California State University Channel Islands
2009-2012 Program Director for Bridges Stem Cell Research Training Program, CSU Channel Islands
2005-2012 Director of MS in Biotech & Bioinformatics Program and MS Biotechnology/MBA program, CSU Channel Islands
2001-2009 Chair of Multiple Natural Sciences and Health Sciences Programs, CSU Channel Islands
1999-2001 Graduate Coordinator for the MS Biology Program, CSU San Bernardino
2017-2018 Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, California State University, Sacramento
2012-2017 Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, Dominican University of California
2001-2012 Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, California State University Channel Islands
1999-2001 Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, California State University at San Bernardino
1994-1999 Associate Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, California State University at San Bernardino
1990-1994 Assistant Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, California State University at San Bernardino