Wednesday 07th December 2016,

Bad Ass Asians

Judy Sakaki Becomes First Japanese American Woman to Lead Four-year University in U.S.

posted by Randall

Judy Sakaki

Judy Sakaki

It’s never easy being the first and Judy Sakaki, who was just named president of Sonoma State University in California’s Wine Country, admits she feels the pressure.
 
Sakaki will be the first Japanese American woman to run a four-year university in the United States.
 
“It’s not that it weighs you down,” said Sakaki to the Chronicle of Higher Education. “It’s just that you take that into context and know the importance of being a role model.”
 
Sakaki credentials are impressive. She was last Vice President for Student Affairs for the entire University of California system and earlier served in the same position for UC Davis.
 
One of her biggest challenges is to right the ship at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center. It’s an issue that’s so contentious because of cost overruns that the last president had to endure a no confidence vote from the faculty.
 

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