Paul Yu

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This article is about the university president. For the physician, see Paul N. Yu.

Paul Yu (Chinese: 余英華/余英华) was the President of State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) between 1997-2004. During his presidency, SUNY Brockport rose to Tier 2 within the SUNY system. He also established the Presidential Scholarship program which attracted several top international students to the SUNY Brockport campus. Paul Yu also was the President of San Jose State University for the Summer of 2004. He resigned the presidency of San José State just three weeks after taking office. Yu, who left for health reasons, returned with his family to New York and took a position with his former employer, the State University of New York.[1]

Yu's areas of scholarly interest were philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. He published a number of papers and made many professional presentations. He also was active professionally in other ways, including serving as external evaluator for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Taiwan University, and National Science Council of the Republic of China. In 1980-81, he was invited to be a Fulbright lecturer at the National Taiwan University.

Yu was also active in other professional and civic capacities, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He served on the Michigan Council for the Humanities from 1988 to 1989. He was a member of Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) since 1998. And in 1990, under the Visiting Scholars Exchange Program (VSEP), sponsored by the United States National Academy of Sciences, he was visiting scholar to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China.

He was the younger brother of Yu Ying-shih.

Yu died on December 5, 2016 at the age of 75 after battling Parkinson's disease. [2]


Academic offices
Preceded by
John E. Van de Wetering
President of the State University of New York at Brockport
Succeeded by
John B. Clark (interim)