AE Alumnus Andrew Hsu Sworn In as President of College of Charleston

AE Alumnus Andrew Hsu Sworn In as President of College of Charleston
Andrew Hsu taking oath
Always a Yellow Jacket. Andrew Hsu, PhD AE '86, is seen here wearing his Georgia Tech regalia during his inaugural celebration as he officially took the helm of the College of Charleston on October 25
Andrew Hsu
Andrew Hsu, PhD AE '86

President Ángel Cabrera was not the only Georgia Tech graduate to be officially installed as a university president this week.

Three hundred miles away at the College of Charleston, AE alumnus Andrew Hsu, PhD AE '86,  celebrated his inauguration as the 23rd president of the College on Friday, Oct. 25.

Georgia Tech provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs Rafael L. Bras spoke at the ceremony, offering his congratulations to the Tech alumnus as he embarks on this journey.

“President Hsu, your Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket family is always with you, and we are incredibly proud to celebrate you on your investiture,” Bras said.

Bras also noted Hsu’s love of teaching, which originated while a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech, and a keen problem-solving ability that is imperative in higher education leadership.

“President Hsu knows how to anticipate problems. I wish I could say that attribute was borne of his time at Georgia Tech, but from what we all know, he has been this kind of individual his whole life,” Bras said. “However, I can say with confidence, his time at Georgia Tech strengthened that resolve, heightened that keen sense of curiosity, and further instilled in him the grit, drive, and sense of community that I know drives him today.”

As a doctoral student at the AE School, Hsu produced "Theoretical and Numerical Studies of a Vortex-airfoil Interaction Problem," his dissertation, which was ultimately approved by a committee that included our very own Regents Professor Lakshmi Sankar. 

Hsu previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He was born in China and has called the presidential role the embodiment of an American dream. He is the first person of color in the College’s 248-year history to serve as president.


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