Blog: Phyllis, Colleen, and Frances

Colleen Fukui (left), Phyllis Wise (middle), and Frances Youn at a reception honoring the three appointments organized by Naomi Sanchez, Sharon Wong, and Ruth Woo on Sept. 28 at the home of Tomio and Jenny Moriguchi (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

In a ceremony on Sept. 27, Phyllis Wise took over the presidency of the University of Washington from Mark Emmert who resigned from his job to head the NCAA.

I never dreamed that it would be possible. A female UW President who is also Chinese American, a student regent who is a Korean American female, and a UW Alumni Association president who is a Japanese American female. This is happening in Seattle’s Asian community. I would hate it if it were in New York or San Francisco.

This represents a paradigm shift in leadership for America.

People have to familiarize themselves with Madam President and the female faces of leadership. If this is real at the UW, the largest university in the Pacific Northwest, it could spread to other parts of America. ♦

One Response to “Blog: Phyllis, Colleen, and Frances”


  1. [...] is a fantastic photo for every reason. Taken by George Liu of the Northwest Asian Weekly, it shows, from left, UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, University of [...]

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