Meet Provost Wei

Belle W. Y. Wei joined California State University, Chico as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on August 1, 2012. Prior to her arrival, Dr. Wei assumed an expanding range of leadership positions at San José State University that culminated with a decade of service as the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering's Don Beall Dean of Engineering. In 1993–1994, she was a visiting associate professor at Stanford University. Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in Engineering from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from U.C. Berkeley. She has published over 35 technical publications on her specialty area of Very Large Scale Integration circuit theory, application-specific architectures, sensor networks, and energy efficiency at the intersection of electronic design and user behavior.

For more than a quarter century, Provost Wei has advanced a dynamic and successful agenda to promote student success, foster inclusive excellence, bolster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and champion sustainability programs, all within a framework of interdisciplinary, global-scale thinking. She has led the expansion of educational access for historically underrepresented groups, and helped create Aim For 4 and Take 2 initiatives to improve students’ timely graduation at Chico State. She also led the development of the Engineering Pathways to Success initiative that strengthens high-school and middle-school students’ educational preparation from classes to careers in STEM fields. In the area of sustainability, she has inspired the development of new interdisciplinary programs in clean technologies and climate change solutions.

Provost Wei has collaborated with leaders across the nation and around the world to advance this educational and sustainability agenda. She served on the Engineering Deans Council’s Executive Board of American Society for Engineering Education in 2009–2012, and chaired its Diversity Committee. She spoke before U.S. Congress in 2006 about the “Innovation Agenda,” contributing to the America COMPETES Act, and she is a founding board member of the U.S.-China Green Energy Council. In 2012 she received a White House invitation to participate in the "10,000 Engineers Initiative” of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Provost Wei's accomplishments have garnered broad national and international recognition. Selected awards include the 2007 Electrical Engineering Times Educator of the Year Award, the 2007 U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien Educational Leadership Award, the 2008 U.C. Berkeley Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus/Alumna Award, the 2010 Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, and the 2011 Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women Award.

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