Wong writes, “American culture can picture [Asian Americans] as teachers, doctors, lawyers and counselors. But this culture has a hard time picturing us as CEOs, head coaches, generals and military commanders. …The most intangible of all intangibles may be whether our public sees that we do have the ‘stuff’ to lead. Having the ‘right stuff’ is the key aspect of leadership stereotypes we work against and the most fragile of perceptions to sustain.”
Wong became interim president of Connecticut College on July 1, 2023. He previously served as president of San Francisco State University and Northern Michigan University, as well as interim president of the University of Southern Colorado.
“I'm so honored to be part of this project,” Wong said. “The book is a trendsetting book, the first to collect the stories of Asian American higher education leaders. There are so few of us; all of us hope our text will guide a new generation of leaders. Many of the authors are my friends and I am proud to be included with them.”
He added, “The text is a vivid reminder that I must continue to learn from those around me here at Conn. The incredible culture of teaching and learning at Conn motivates me to be intellectually engaged and productive.”