Ray Wang has been named the new dean of the University Library, Provost Marten denBoer announced today. Wang joins Cal Poly Pomona by way of Humboldt State, where he has served as the library's interim dean since 2007. His appointment begins Sept. 1.
At Humboldt, Wang has also served as Chair of Information Services in the library and Program Director and professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. He helped develop a partnership with Xi'an International Studies University in China and started Humboldt College within the Chinese campus.
“Libraries are core to learning communities, and I am honored to join a premier facility,” Wang says. “Cal Poly Pomona has elevated the changing role of libraries within academia, and I am confident that we will accomplish great things in the years ahead.”
Wang holds a doctorate in education and master's of library science from Northern Illinois University, a master's from Beijing University of Foreign Studies and a bachelor's degree from Xi'an Foreign Languages University.
“Ray's contributions and experience within the CSU will serve him well at Cal Poly Pomona,” says denBoer. “Our librarians and staff have proven to be a great resource for students and faculty alike, giving Dean Wang solid support in his new position.”
At Humboldt, Wang led the Book of the Year events, which included participation from a community college and is now an integral part of the freshman campus and academic experience. He also chairs the CSU-wide Electronic Access to Information Resources (EAR) Committee, which examines ways to share information and databases among libraries in the CSU system.
Wang also played a leadership role in making it possible for the installation of a 45-station computer lab, construction of an Internet Café and renovation of 12,000 square feet of space for the Learning Commons.
His professional experience also includes: head of the Documents Department at Binghamton University in New York, documents library at Northwestern University and translator at the United Nations.